Danny Ainge says he wishes all Celtics players worked, prepared as hard as Brad Stevens
The Boston Celtics have become one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and a significant part of that is because of head coach Brad Stevens. The 42-year-old coach has led the Celtics to back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals appearance in 2017 and 2018. However, the team took a step back this season and was eliminated in the second round despite Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward being healthy.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge couldn’t ask for more from Stevens, who’s been able to make the team a constant playoff contender despite dealing with a lot of things (injuries and inconsistencies among his players) that are out of his control. Ainge said Stevens is a hardworking coach and hopes that the rest of the team would learn something from him.
Ainge on Brad Stevens: he's the least of the Celtics issues. Says he wishes all the players worked and prepared as hard as Stevens
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Stevens is dubbed as the most promising young coach in the league, and with good reason. Under him, Isaiah Thomas, the last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, became an MVP candidate. He was also instrumental in Boston’s Jayson Tatum, who was a rookie back in 2017, became the leader of a team that almost eliminated LeBron James in the playoffs. Sure, last season was a bit underwhelming, but when you look at the bright side, he still managed to lead the Celtics to the second round despite all their inconsistencies throughout the year.
Ainge believes in Stevens and his pedigree as a coach; and by the looks of it, it seems that the latter will continue to call the shots for the Celtics for a very long time.