- The Celtics played the coaching search pretty close to their chest. I like it, and I like the surprising but smart choice of Stevens.
- He is a tremendous coach. Beyond the back-to-back visits to the National Title game, Butler consistently played well on both ends of the court during Stevens’ tenure and did not take nights off. They generally improved greatly over the course of the season (except this winter, when they faded a bit).
- That said, it appears he will be presiding over one of worst teams in the NBA next season. The tank/rebuild must go on! (Unless Danny Ainge has some sneaky moves up his sleeves.)
- Sorta following that thought, here is an interesting piece from Sports Illustrated’s NBA blog, The Point Forward, about whether or not the C’s should try to deal Rondo.
- Stevens’ teams made a living on the post and with staunch defense at Butler. I hope that is the type of team that he and Danny Ainge plan to build in Beantown.
- Stevens is a young-looking 36-year-old.
- I bet people are going to compare Stevens to Rick Pitino, who is not too popular in Boston these days. It is a good comparison in the sense that they’re both fantastic college coaches and that Pitino, like Stevens, was a hot commodity when he came to Boston. I do feel, however, that Stevens’ more easy-going style should translate beautifully to the pro game. I also don’t think Stevens will ever come to close the genius of Pitino’s “walking through that door” speech during press conferences.
- I remain incredulous as to how nobody has hired Lionel Hollins. The dude is a hell of a coach.