NBA (and the Celtics) Too Good for Brad Stevens To Pass

Boston Celtics basketball head coach Brad Stevens poses for a camera during team media day in Waltham, Mass., Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Indy Star had a pretty detailed account of July 3rd, the day in which Brad Stevens left Butler to become the 17th head coach of the Boston Celtics. Its a solid article, if you want to give it a read.

The interesting part comes when Stevens just knows he’ll take the job: 

“Butler,” he says now, “was the only place I wanted to coach at in the college game.”

But this was the NBA, a challenge he’d grown fascinated with in recent years. Stevens had bought the league television package after a former player, Gordon Hayward, was picked ninth overall by the Utah Jazz in the 2010 NBA Draft. Soon enough, he was peppering Hayward with questions.

“He’d call me, and I’d think we were going to have a conversation about Butler or my progress, but a lot of times we’d end up talking about the NBA,” Hayward says. “He’d want to know if a certain play would work or if a certain defense would work in the NBA.

“He always told us he could never leave Butler for another college, so that only leaves one place.”

Now the Boston Celtics were at his door, the opportunity of a lifetime staring at him from across the table. He knew he could not turn this one down.

An hour into the breakfast meeting, he turned to Tracy.

“Let’s do it.”

The NBA is the place in which the best basketball of the world is played daily. Nothing else is even remotely close.

For a basketball junkie like Stevens passing on the NBA might have been nearly impossible.

And when the Boston Celtics are ‘the ones who knock’ it becomes truly inconceivable to reject the job.

I’m glad this is how it went with Brad.

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