Toucher & Rich: New Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens
Brad Stevens will be the 17th head coach of the Boston Celtics. The 36-year-old has been the head coach of Butler University for the last six years.
Stevens joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to discuss taking this new position as the head coach of an NBA team.
While at Butler Stevens never won fewer than 22 games and lead the Bulldogs to two national championship games against Duke and Connecticut. What does Stevens attribute to his success at the university?
“Number one, it was the people around me…the players, the staff. It was a very rare day when all people weren’t on the same page and it was a great opportunity to learn about the importance of values and culture and all of the things that go into winning.”
In Stevens’ introductory press conference Celtics GM Danny Ainge had a few words to say about the new head coach.
“When we had completed a transaction with the Clippers regarding Doc, my first phone call was to Brad Stevens… Brad was my first choice,” said Ainge. “I have watched and admired his poise and intelligence, his teams and their effort and execution under pressure. I’ve looked at him the last few years as a guy who is a great candidate to be a great head coach, never really thinking it would be this soon in Celtic’s history, but he’s a guy I’ve targeted for a long time as a head coach.”
When was the first time that Stevens knew Aigne was a fan of the young coach?
They also went on to discuss dealing with personalities of NBA players as opposed to college players. Has anyone gave him advice on how to deal with the players.
They also discussed the time he spent at Rajon Rondo’s basketball camp this summer.