Celtics’ Brad Stevens says it’s better to play ‘like an All-Star than being named one’
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens knows a thing or two about All-Star players.
During his time with the Celtics, Stevens has coached All-Star players such as Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford. He actually currently coaches one in Kemba Walker.
With Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum both looking for their first All-Star appearances this season, Stevens wanted to make one thing clear — it’s a lot more important to play like an All-Star rather than being named one.
Stevens: Celtics Players Shouldn’t Worry About Voting
Via Jay King of The Athletic:
“My message to all of our guys is that it’s a lot more important to be playing like an All-Star than being named one. Just, that’s the bottom line. Anything subjective, it is what it is. So just do your best.”
Both Brown and Tatum are excelling this season as they both rank in the top three in scoring on the Celtics. However, there’s a chance they could miss out on the 2020 All-Star Game. Tatum ranks fifth in voting for front court players. Meanwhile, Brown ranks seventh.
Brown and Tatum will have to rely on the Eastern Conference’s head coach to select either one of them for the All-Star Game if the fans don’t vote them in. Hence the reason why the Celtics head coach is making the message clear — don’t worry about what you can’t control.
As Stevens states in his message, it’s a lot more important to play like an All-Star.
The rest will take care of itself.