Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said the team has not made any progress in terms of filling its head coaching vacancy after the departure of Doc Rivers and reaffirmed that he is no rush. "I don’t feel any pressure or any rush to go through that process," Ainge said Monday after the team introduced rookie draft picks Kelly Olynyk and Colton Iverson at a community event in Mattapan. "We’re through the draft, we’re all prepared for summer league, we have enough guys in the gym for our [players] now. We have our strength coaches. We have enough coaches around to work out our players when they come in. There’s just no urgency at all on that. So we’ll take our time." The Celtics currently have only one holdover from the Rivers regime: second-year assistant Jay Larranaga, who will coach the team's summer squad in Orlando and draw heavy consideration for the head coaching position. Ainge admits there's been some outside interest in the job, but hasn't given the search much consideration after a busy week that saw Rivers' departure, a draft-night blockbuster that shipped out Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce and the draft itself. As for those inquiring about the job, Ainge said, "There’s only 30 NBA head coaching jobs available and there’s a lot of coaches out of work out there, and a lot of good coaches I might add." What type of coach is Ainge looking for? "Not sure. I mean, I have an idea of what I want, but coaches are like players. You’re looking for Michael Jordan," Ainge said. "Everybody’s looking for a Michael Jordan coach. There’s coaches with all sorts of different kinds of strengths and weaknesses. I think I’m looking at all the different candidates out there that are available, and some guys that are not available, that are working other places that I’ll also consider." After removing his name from consideration as coach last week, Ainge reaffirmed that he has no desire to coach the team next season. "Can I guarantee that? Yes. ... That's not in my future," Ainge said.
Ainge in no hurry to fill coaching vacancy
ESPN Boston | Jul 2