Can Brad Stevens fabricate a rebound season for the Boston Celtics?
Last season didn’t go as planned for Coach Brad Stevens, or the Boston Celtics. As there were many variables involved with the outcome of last season for the Boston Celtics, I still find myself trying to figure out why. In order to move on from the past, you need to understand why it didn’t work so that the same mistakes aren’t repeated moving forward.
It’s been made clear by both Brad Stevens and Danny Ainge, that Kyrie Irving is not the only reason that the Celtics failed to raise banner 18 last season. Depending who you ask, they’d say that a majority of the “blame pie” can be put on Irving’s plate. The way Irving’s tenure ended in Boston left a sour taste on his reputation moving forward.
Until Irving came to town, Coach Stevens has only progressed as a coach in each of his first five seasons in the NBA. I think that Stevens was a little intimidated of the caliber player that Irving is. Stevens has never had a superstar on his roster, let alone a superstar who is a known “know it all” and had a comment for most of Stevens’ coaching decisions.
Irving took shots at his “young teammates” last season, in a crystal clear way that showed unhappiness and anger. He also reportedly questioned Brad Stevens on what the term government means to him. Even though Irving needs to be the smartest guy in the room, it just sounds like someone trying to pick a fight. I didn’t think anyone could dislike Brad Stevens, but I was wrong.
If anything has been learned about Coach Stevens, it is that he is impressively mentally tough. Stevens never appears rattled or caught off guard over the course of a game. Sometimes, Stevens will get mouthy with a referee, resulting in a team tech; which will never make the Boston Celtics organization (or their fans) angry.
Coach Stevens has leaded the Celtics to the playoffs in his last five of six seasons as head coach. Stevens has the basketball intelligence to lead any team to success, at any level. He’s a coach who has the respect of his players and knows how to get the most out of them. For example, the NBA saw firsthand what Isaiah Thomas was able to do in a Brad Stevens system… simply thrive!
Kemba Walker said that Brad Stevens, was another “factor” in his decision to sign with Boston. The winning culture that Stevens provides is going to be what makes Boston a popular free agent destination, once again.
Brad Stevens is a calm and cool guy who leaves the past in the past. What happened last season shouldn’t reflect what is going to happen in the ’19-‘20 season. With a new team that appears to be completely on the same page with one another, Brad Stevens is in his ideal team situation.