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Celtics star Kemba Walker details funny story on how he learned Brad Stevens is a ‘basketball junkie’

Celtics, Kemba Walker, Brad Stevens

Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker has yet to play a full season under head coach Brad Stevens, but the 43-year-old has already left quite an impression on him.

The 29-year-old point guard recently shared an interesting take on Stevens, whom he claimed to be obsessed with all things basketball.

Sitting down with Celtics legend Paul Pierce, Walker opened up about his coach in an appearance on NBC Sports Boston’s “Passing the Torch.” 

“He’s a basketball junkie. He’s always watching basketball. He’s always watching film. He’s always trying to find ways to help us get better,” the four-time All-Star said. “And for me when I first signed, one of the first things we did was he invited me over to dinner, which really, was film. He wanted to watch film.

“He was like, ‘You know, come meet the family, eat some dinner, then we can watch some film after,” Walker added.  “We watched film, and he asked me some of my favorite plays so we could kind of incorporate them into the offense, so I thought that was pretty cool.”

The Celtics emerged as the winners of the Walker sweepstakes in the offseason, agreeing with a four-year, $141 million max contract with the speedy 6-foot guard.

Walker has fit in quite nicely in Beantown, easily filling in the role left by Kyrie Irving who bolted for the Brooklyn Nets over the summer.

With every point guard expected to be the coach’s extension on the floor, Kemba Walker and Brad Stevens’ great relationship has certainly made things easier for Boston.

The Celtics entered the All-Star break as the third seed in the East with a 38-16 win-loss slate.

Meanwhile, Walker is enjoying a fantastic season so far, averaging 21.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists while shooting a 42.9 percent clip from the field and 38.8 percent from downtown.