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Update: James Posey Up For Coaching Gig With Boston Celtics?

After telling he'd be open to starting his coaching career in the NBA D-League, James Posey is, nevertheless, now being considered for a coaching job with the Boston Celtics.

Chris Graythen

According to a recent report, former Celtics' NBA champion is being considered for an assistant coaching job with his former club as head coach Brad Stevens looks to add a former player to his staff. See below:

It would make sense, then, for Stevens to add a formerly respected Celtics veteran to his staff as an assistant coach to help him learn the ropes.

From Jeff Goodman of

Former Celtic James Posey among the candidates to fill out Brad Stevens' staff in Boston, source told ESPN. Stevens likely to hire ex-player

Posey played 12 NBA seasons, and was a starter on the Miami Heat's championship team in 2006. More importantly, his one season playing in Boston came as a key reserve on the 2008 championship squad.

Posey has very little experience coaching, although he was helping out the Cavaliers during Summer League in Las Vegas. But it won't be about Xs and Os if he ends up getting a gig under Stevens. It'll be about being a respected voice on the coaching staff, and helping to get his young head coach's message through to the players on the roster.

Though the above article goes on to state that Posey has little experience coaching, he's been working toward such an opportunity for quite a while now. In addition to helping out and mentoring the up and coming young guns at the P.I.T. in Portsmouth earlier this year, the 12 year NBA veteran swingman also served as one of the coaches at the NBA D-League's national tryout in New York City this summer.

It was there that he spoke with, asserting that he'd be open to entering the coaching world via the NBADL. Even so, Posey also said maintaining the relationships he's made throughout his career and keeping in touch with those associated with organizations he played for would go a long way.

Apparently he was right.

As an assistant coach of the Celtics, Posey would likely be less involved in player development, but perhaps more so focused on being the bridge between Coach Stevens and the more veteran players on Boston's squad this coming season.