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New Celtics coach keeps Connersville commitment

  • New Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts to a question during a news conference where he was introduced Friday, July 5, 2013, at the NBA basketball team's training facility in Waltham, Mass.  Stevens twice led the Butler Bulldogs to the NCAA title game. He replaces Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    New Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts to a question during a news conference where he was introduced Friday, July 5, 2013, at the NBA basketball team's training facility in Waltham, Mass. Stevens twice led the Butler Bulldogs to the NCAA title game. He replaces Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • New Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts to a question during a news conference where he was introduced Friday, July 5, 2013, at the NBA basketball team's training facility in Waltham, Mass.  Stevens twice led the Butler Bulldogs to the NCAA title game. He replaces Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

    New Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts to a question during a news conference where he was introduced Friday, July 5, 2013, at the NBA basketball team's training facility in Waltham, Mass. Stevens twice led the Butler Bulldogs to the NCAA title game. He replaces Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

  • New Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts to a question during a news conference where he was introduced Friday, July 5, 2013, at the NBA basketball team's training facility in Waltham, Mass.  Stevens twice led the Butler Bulldogs to the NCAA title game. He replaces Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
  • New Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts to a question during a news conference where he was introduced Friday, July 5, 2013, at the NBA basketball team's training facility in Waltham, Mass.  Stevens twice led the Butler Bulldogs to the NCAA title game. He replaces Doc Rivers, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

New Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens isn’t so busy with his new job that he had to break a commitment to appear in a bicentennial parade in Connersville, Ind.

Stevens appeared in the parade Saturday, fulfilling a promise he made to former Butler star and Connersville native Matt Howard.

Howard told WTHR-TV he was “shocked” Stevens made the parade after appearing at a news conference Friday in Boston. He told Stevens he could back out, but the coach insisted.

Stevens said the city about 50 miles east of Indianapolis is the first place he drove to after he was hired at Butler. A year ago, he promised Howard that he’d appear in the bicentennial parade.

Yesterday, Stevens was back at work, watching games in the NBA’s Orlando Summer League in Florida.

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