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Celtics’ Kemba Walker says Brad Stevens ‘loves basketball,’ admits having a good relationship with his coach is very important to him

Kemba Walker, Brad Stevens

When asked what strikes him the most about Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kemba Walker said the 42-year-old head coach “loves basketball” and it’s all he talks about.

Walker says having a good relationship with his coach is very important to him. The Celtics are hoping Walker meshes with Stevens better than Kyrie Irving did.

Kemba Walker isn’t a high-maintenance player. He figures to get along with Brad Stevens and the rest of his new Celtics teammates. Boston, led by Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward, is looking to redeem itself after a disappointing 2018-19 season.

The Celtics lost Irving and Al Horford in free agency. Adding Walker and big man Enes Kanter were good moves. Walker is a three-time All-Star who has career averages of 19.8 points and 5.5 assists. Stevens is arguably the best coach Walker has had in his NBA career.

The Celtics have to be excited about the possibility of Walker and Stevens working together.

With Kawhi Leonard now in the Western Conference, the East is wide-open. The Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks are the four best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Celtics fans are eager to see how far Walker can take Boston in 2019-20 under the guidance of Stevens.