The Boston Celtics were the surprise package from last season. Despite losing their stars through injury, the C's still put up quite a formidable fight up and fell one game shy of the NBA Finals, thanks in part to the coaching wizardry of Brad Stevens.
However, despite this young team's rapid and unexpected rise to contender status, Stevens is keeping his feet on the ground. In fact, he wants to make sure that his team remains on the path that they have set out in order to achieve their long-term goals.
Speaking to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald, the 41-year-old head coach shared his biggest concern entering the season as one of the favorites in the Eastern Conference.
“What concerns me?” said Stevens, mulling the question for a moment. “Well, I think you always have concerns that, you know, for us, we’ve played two straight seasons eight months all the way ’til late May. It’s not like playing into the Finals, like people talk about, but it’s pretty close.
“And the idea that when you have a team back that was so good defensively that we don’t skip steps. I’d say that’s the No. 1 concern I’ve got. I’ve watched teams before have really good years and then kind of go through the motions on that end of the court. And we can’t do that.”
The Celtics definitely have an exceptional coach at the helm. Despite all that he has achieved in such a short amount of time, Stevens has no intentions of sitting on his laurels, and he will do everything in his power to ensure that his team remains on the right track.