This week Kevin McHale  returned to the bench as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves . He is the 27th former Boston Celtic to trade in his jersey for a clipboard and coach in the NBA. Here is a look Celtics-turned-head coaches who found success calling the plays (in alphabetical order):
Danny Ainge: Led the Phoenix Suns  to a 136-90 record (.602) over three-plus seasons as head coach. He found success in the regular season but failed to make it out of the first round of the playoffs (3-9). That’s all a distant memory since building a world champion Boston Celtics  squad in 2008.
Larry Bird : Returned to Indiana in 1997 to coach the Pacers for three seasons (147-67, .687). Reached the Eastern Conference Finals each season and made it to the 2000 NBA Finals  against the Los Angeles Lakers  (32-20 postseason). Three years after stepping down as head coach, he returned to the Pacers front office as Team President.
Rick Carlisle : Currently coaching the Dallas Mavericks , his third team in seven seasons. Held a record of 281-211 (.571) entering this season after leading the Detroit Pistons  and Indiana Pacers  to the Eastern Conference Finals. Looking to surpass the .500 mark (30-32) in the playoffs with the Mavs this season.
Tommy Heinsohn: Coached the Boston Celtics to two NBA Championships in eight full seasons, including five consecutive Eastern Conference titles (427-263 regular season, 47-33 postseason). Heinsohn coached the Celtics with the same intensity he exuded as a player, and today shares that passion as one of the team’s television broadcasters.
K.C. Jones: Won eight championships with the Boston Celtics before pursuing a lengthy coaching career, spanning nearly 20 years. Jones coached the Celtics to a total of four Eastern Conference and two NBA titles in the 1980s. He also coached the Washington Bullets and Seattle SuperSonics  (774-522 regular season, 81-57 postseason).
Don Nelson : The outspoken Golden State Warriors  head coach has been calling the shots since 1976. He has only coached four organizations during that time and compiled a 1280-954 record heading into this season, making him the second-most winning coach in NBA history. Despite his regular season success, the three-time Coach of the Year has never made it to the NBA Finals.
Bill Russell : Following Red Auerbach’s retirement, Russell became the player-coach of the Boston Celtics in 1966. Russell, the first African-American coach professional sports, led the Celtics to two consecutive world championships both on and off the court. In three seasons he posted a record of 162-83 with the Celtics before going on to coach the Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings .
Bill Sharman: The Hall of Famer coached the Los Angeles Lakers to a record 33 consecutive wins during 1971-72 season en route to an NBA Championship. After coaching he was named Lakers General Manager, leading them to two NBA titles and also drafting Magic Johnson . As a coach, he introduced the concept of a gameday morning shootaround to prepare the players for that night’s match up.
Others include: John Bach, Carl Braun, Quinn Buckner, M.L. Carr, Don Chaney, Bob Cousy , Dave Cowens, Chris Ford, Ed Macauley, John McCarthy, Kevin McHale, Horace “Bones” McKinney, Joe Mullaney, Andy Phillip, Tom Sanders, Fred Scolari, Paul Silas, Sam Vincent, Paul Westphal