Larry Bird is not walking through that door, fans. Kevin McHale is not walking through that door, and Robert Parish is not walking through that door. And if you MUT 18 Coins expect them to walk through that door, they're going to be gray and old. What we are is young, exciting, hard-working, and we're going to improve."

Stevens may want to make a similar speech at his introductory press conference regarding Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, but maybe not — after all, Pitino's iteration didn't turn out as well as he had hoped.The Celtics experienced success with one other coach that made the jump straight from head coaching in college to the NBA but, like Pitino.

Bill Fitch had a buffer period before taking on the head job with the Celtics.The Celtics hired Fitch as their head coach before the 1979 season, after he'd spent nine years as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before that role, Fitch cut his teeth as a head coach in the college ranks with programs like

North Dakota, Bowling Green and Minnesota before making the jump straight from the Golden Gophers to the Cavs' head coaching job.Fitch did have success with the Celtics, leading the team to the 1981 championship. He was also a two-time.

Coach of the Year winner (1976 with the Cavs and 1980 with the Celtics), but his career would tail off and eventually he'd finish with a 944-1106 record while losing in the first round -- or not making the playoffs at all -- in the last eight seasons of his NBA career.

He retired in 1998.Whether Stevens follows the career paths of NFL 18 Coins the majority of those that made the jump, or, like he did as the boss of the Butler Bulldogs, he exceeds expectations and guides the Celtics into another Golden Era, remains to be seen.More from SB Nation.