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Brad Stevens Had One Stipulation Before Accepting Celtics' Head Coaching Job

Brad Stevens Had One Stipulation Before Accepting Celtics' Head Coaching Job

The Celtics booked their spot in the Conference Finals last night with a series-clinching win over the Philadelphia 76ers despite having some of their key players in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward on the sidelines.

To me I definitely agree with Barkley it had to be the GREEN MONSTER JEALOUSY as Stevens did the most with the least by bringing his college concept of coaching basketball to the NBA and has been very successful in turning around the staggering Celtics prior to his arrival 5 years ago.

Dwayne Casey did a good job with the Toronto Raptors this season.

Boston's success is all the more impressive considering the Celtics have been beset by injuries through the season.

After the head coach spot became vacant after the 2013 season, Ainge, Pagliuca, along with assistant general manager Mike Zarren and team co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, went to IN to visit Stevens at his home.




Stevens agrees with that assessment and has remained true to his style by blending into the background in public, instead waiting for the huddle or practice to make his voice heard.

"I think a lot of our guys have been thrown into the fire". Will Leitch doesn't see the situation getting better any time soon. The other seven coaches to receive votes from their peers were Philadelphia's Brett Brown, Houston's Mike D'Antoni, Indiana's Nate McMillan, San Antonio's Gregg Popovich, Utah's Quin Snyder, Portland's Terry Stotts and the Los Angeles Clippers' Doc Rivers.

"I think it's a lot more important to just focus on competing with your team rather than trying to compare yourself to others", added Stevens. "It's not just this year".

Brad Stevens, who coached at Butler University was not as successful a college coach as Rick Pitino or John Calapari as he never won a national NCAA Championship.


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