Celtics head coach Brad Stevens never takes a day off.
During the offseason in which the organization managed to obtain the services of diverse, All-Star big man Al Horford, Boston’s assistant coach Jay Larranaga was inundated with video footage from Stevens.
As per The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach, Larranaga was working with Horford in Atlanta when he was sent examples of set plays that the team runs after timeouts for the center to study and practice.
In a bold move, Stevens even sent footage of his Butler University team successfully running the plays against Horford’s Florida team in the 2006-2007 NCAA tournament.
“Guys were banging threes against Al,” Larranaga said. “So Al was very focused when we ran those that day. He was making those shots Butler made against him.”
The Gators eventually came away with the 65-57 win in their Sweet Sixteen match up against Stevens' team. They also went on to win the national championship, so it shouldn’t have been too painful for Horford to watch. The choice of footage speaks for the direct approach that Stevens takes with his player management. It seems as though he believes that the best way to learn is from your own mistakes.
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