Brad Stevens: ‘I’m not’ considering the Indiana basketball job

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens was asked again Friday evening during the Celtics’ pre-game media availability about the vacant Indiana coaching position and whether he is considering taking it and said much more definitively this time that he is not.

He said that his less committal answers from earlier this week came out of a desire to be respectful about the position and the fact that Indiana is his home. But he was more clear that he likes and enjoys his job with the Celtics where he is in his eighth season. Stevens, a Zionsville native, has been the dream target of Indiana fans since he took Butler to back-to-back national championship game appearances in 2010 and 2011 and IU fans were holding out strong hope that he would return to Indiana now that the position is open following the firing of Archie Miller.

“I’m not,” he said. “And I tried to say it as clearly as I could and also make sure that people understand that to me that place is special. Because I don’t want to make it sound like it’s not.”

But Stevens later reiterated that Boston has become home to him as well.

“I hope they hire whoever they hire and they are there for 20 years and kids feel like I did (about IU),” Stevens said. “But I’m not a kid anymore. I’m a 44-year-old Masshole. I swerve around others when I’m driving. I eat Dunkin’ Donuts and I root for the Patriots.”