Brad Stevens
Brad Stevens shot down rumors that he would accept the University of Indiana basketball job. He’s staying in Boston. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For whatever reason, there have been serious rumors that Brad Stevens was on the verge of leaving the Celtics to pursue another job in college basketball. Would Stevens take the Indiana job? Stevens is from Indiana so coaching the Hoosiers doesn’t seem so crazy, right?

Today, Stevens put those rumors to bed. He made it clear he’s not leaving Boston and did so in a hilarious way. Make no mistake about it, Boston is home for Stevens now:

“I’m not a kid anymore, I’m a 44-year-old Masshole,” Stevens said. “I swerve around others when I’m driving, I eat Dunkin’ Donuts and I root for the Patriots. I’m, unfortunately, been skewed in a lot of ways I guess.”

“I tried to say it as clearly as I could and also make sure that people understand that that place, to me, is special,” Stevens said. “Like I said the other day, I’m so grateful for this organization and to the people here for all that they’ve done for us.”

Stevens, 44, is already under contract for the foreseeable future with the Celtics. He signed an extension prior to the start of this season. Stevens joined the Celtics in 2013 after Doc Rivers skipped town for the Clippers.

The Celtics are having a down season but that was not enough for Stevens to seek other job offers. Indiana might be home but he’s clearly not looking to leave the Boston area. It’s not all bad. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown is a hell of a core. You also get to coach for the most prestigious franchise in NBA history.

Stevens may be relatively young but it almost feels like he has a lifetime contract with the Celtics. There’s no question he’s fantastic and Boston has no reason to let him leave.