Celtics' Brad Stevens’ “do the best we can with what we have” attitude is starting to pay-off for the sophomore year coach who just completed his most successful (first winning) month in the NBA and earned a nomination for Eastern Conference Coach of the Month. A true reflection of what he’s crafted from very little roster consistency.
8-14 (.364 win%) with Rondo & Green
4-7 (.364) with only Green
10-12 (.455) with neither of them
Brad Stevens is a good coach
— Michael Dyer (@Mike_Dyer13) February 26, 2015
*Figures above include games played through 2/25/15.
Ex-NBA players coach two of the Celtics’ most recent opponents – Derek Fisher for the Knicks and Warriors’ head coach, Steve Kerr. Both gave equal high praise for what Brad Stevens is doing in Boston.
Fisher: “You can learn a lot from Brad [Stevens]. His demeanor and personality on the sidelines is remarkable.” #Celtics
— Jared Weiss (@CLNS_JaredWeiss) February 25, 2015
Steve Kerr on Celtics: "They're playing for the playoffs... They're incredibly well-coached and disciplined and they make it hard on you."
— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) March 2, 2015
They make it so hard on you with the high screen. They’re hard to guard. They’re one of the fastest, quickest teams in the NBA and they love to downsize.
Part of the quickness Kerr references is Boston newbie, Isaiah Thomas who was just awarded Eastern Conference Player of the Week, averaging 20+ ppg. Thomas was quick to give kudos to the coaching staff and his teammates for their contribution to his speedy success with the team.
It’s been a week and I feel like I’ve been here the whole season.
When a player already feels this comfortable within a matter of days – the Celtics' staff is clearly creating an inviting environment. Stevens credits those around him for their efforts in streamlining what has been a place of constant change. These are people who aren’t frequently put in the spotlight and it was uber cool to single them out and call to light what they’ve done for the team and perhaps...his sanity.
I envision Stevens as the coach who delivers superlative awards to everyone involved in the organization at the end-of-the-season party. "Best impression of Tommy Heinsohn," "Most often on-time to Practice," "Best Hair-do" (if he masters the man-bun this one would go to Olynyk, obviously) – you get the (Tommy) point. I imagine him emphasizing the importance of everyone feeling important. And what’s not to love about that?
Brad Stevens: "I’ve said this before: if I had to choose culture over numbers, I’d choose culture."
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) February 27, 2015
Jonas Jerebko – one of the newest players over 11 trades to find their way to Boston – shared positive sentiments about his Coach.