Brad Stevens is enjoying the NBA All-Star break in sunny Florida and decided to stop by the Boston Red Sox’s spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla.
While there, the Celtics head coach talked to Sox manager Alex Cora and noted being around a “championship vibe” gives him a “good perspective.” Stevens certainly could take some pointers from Cora, who’s entering his second year with Boston fresh off a World Series victory.
“I could sit and listen to Alex Cora give a thesis on coaching and Tony La Russa give a thesis on coaching from two different generations all day long,” Stevens said, via Boston.com. “It’s special to get a chance to pick the brains of all of them.”
Stevens also made note of one major advantage of being employed in Boston.
“One of the great benefits, I guess, of being the Celtics coach is you can get a chance to meet those people and learn a great deal from them and I just try to, whether it’s those guys or (Bill) Belichick or Bruce (Cassidy), or whoever, we’re really blessed to have a lot of people to pick the minds of in Boston.”
Stevens’ Celtics currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference but are gearing up for what could be a lengthy playoff run. And Stevens knows he could learn a thing or two by listening to Cora.
“I think you get so much more out of talking to people who are in the same line of work but a different sport because I think you’re all dealing with the same things on a day-to-day basis,” Stevens said, “the challenges of team, the challenge of being the best that you can be.”
We’ll see if Cora’s “championship vibe” rubbed off on Stevens when the C’s get back to work Thursday looking to win their third straight in a matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
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