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Could Brad Stevens Still Affect Duke Basketball?

Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets - Game One
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 22: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics looks on against the Brooklyn Nets in Game One of the First Round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center at Barclays Center on May 22, 2021 in New York City. 
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Well here’s something you probably hadn’t considered. We know we hadn’t but it makes sense: could Boston make a run at Duke’s Kara Lawson?

Consider: Brad Stevens hired her as an assistant and they clearly have a tremendous amount of respect for each other.

Now, with Stevens replacing Danny Ainge as Boston’s general manager, might he try to hire her to replace himself?

It’d be interesting in a number of ways. First, the obvious: she’d be the first female head coach in the NBA, an historic hire.

But obviously she commands immense respect and we’re sure she’d be outstanding. And we have no doubt that Boston could pay much more. Duke would have a tough time matching and, given her brief time in Durham, if it comes to that, probably shouldn’t.

For Duke though that would pose a really interesting dilemma, possibly unprecedented: a new A.D. was named just two weeks ago and won’t take over until September 1st.

Duke appears to have handled the long-discussed Krzyzewski transition seamlessly, announcing Coach K’s departure Wednesday and that Scheyer would take over after next season.

But that won’t happen should Lawson leave. Although she’s made a huge impression, she’s only coached five games at Duke. Duke would be starting over, and doing so with the AD’s in transition. We have no doubt that White and Lawson, who have worked smoothly together for years, could handle it, but it’s a strange situation and comes right after the Krzyzewski transition.

And it’d be strange too because Stevens was long rumored to be K’s replacement and instead, he’d be forcing Duke to hire Lawson’s replacement.

It’d be a lively time around Cameron for sure.