Brad Stevens has received a lot of praise for the coaching job he’s done with the Boston Celtics since taking over the team before the 2013-14 NBA season.
Helping guide the Celtics to a playoff berth this season — something many people didn’t believe was possible, given the team’s ongoing rebuild — was an impressive accomplishment for Stevens. That said, leading the team through a difficult 2013-14 campaign — his first with the C’s — might have been nearly as impressive.
Ron Adams, a former Stevens assistant now with the Golden State Warriors, recently told Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe how difficult it was to coach the Celtics’ roster in 2013-14.
?I was not surprised (at the playoff berth) in this sense: Brad is a really good coach that?s highly organized, and we had a lot of loose ends going into that first season,? Adams said. ?We had a brand-new coach from the college game, which is tough. But we lacked a homogenous roster. We were a transient roster with some difficult personalities I think to coach. We survived the first year. The group became more homogenous with the moves they made during the season.?
We already knew Stevens, who finished fourth in NBA coach of the year voting, is a very good coach capable of handling egos of professional players. Adams’ comments are just more proof.
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