If you hadn’t heard by now, Brad Stevens is not taking his talents to Indiana.
The Boston Celtics head coach was rumored to have been offered a massive contract by the university’s men’s basketball team, but nothing ultimately materialized. Stevens already has denied being offered the deal floating around social media this weekend.
In fact, Stevens thinks the topic is being overblown. He put the situation in perspective Wednesday during an appearance on “Zo & Bertrand” on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
“I understand people have to ask,” Stevens said, as transcribed NBC Sports Boston. “I don’t know where people get their information. I don’t know why people decide to share it on a given night, whatever the case may be. I do know that I only know what’s true. I know that I am very very fortunate to be in the position I’m in and hopefully, I’ve proven my commitment to that over and over now.
“What I was saying the other night is I also realize, like, this is a great challenge. This is a great responsibility. And these aren’t usually forever jobs that I’m in for a reason, right? I mean, like, I think that ultimately, you have to do really well. Your team has to show consistent growth. You have to compete at the level that you want to compete at, and I get that. I understand that.”
That said, Stevens is happy right where he is. And he appreciates his current position more than some may think.
“I’m also really thankful for the opportunity to be here, to coach here, to continue to be given the responsibility we’ve been given,” Stevens said. “So, again, what I said the other night with how good this organization has been to me and my family and everything else. I haven’t thought twice about it, about anything else since I’ve been here.”
The Celtics did not start the season as expected, but Boston has shown plenty of promise over the last few weeks.