In case you’ve been out of the Twittersphere for the past few days, Brad Stevens got a new job. The 36-year-old boy wonder is the new head coach of the Boston Celtics, and pundits across the nation still can’t believe it. Over his six years at Butler, Stevens earned a reputation as a hard-working brilliant young coach who does things “the right way,” or rather, “the Butler way.” You know, smart kids playing team ball in the shrine that is Hinkle Fieldhouse. By taking two teams to the National Championship game in the past three years, he’s become every major school’s heir apparent. And now he’s making the move to the pros.
The media and fans seem split on the hire; half praise Celtics president Danny Ainge for “thinking outside of the box,” while the other half cynically predict Stevens’ demise with lists of which school he’ll go to next. The move was apparently in the works for a while, league sources tell The Botson Globe’s Baxter Holmes. In fact, one of those league sources says the move is a good risk because Stevens will put his players first, unlike…John Calipari and Rick Pitino??
“You always have those questions, ‘Does the transition from college to the pros work?’ and all that,” a league source said.
“[But] he’s the anti-[John] Calipari, the anti-[Rick] Pitino. Those guys, they think it’s about them. He’s going to learn that it’s about the players and that’s going to help.
“Everything is a risk, but this is a good risk.”
I can see why this league source wanted to remain anonymous: his argument is total crap. Brad Stevens is a nice guy and a great coach, and I’m sure he will put his players first. I won’t speak for Rick, but since coming to Kentucky, Cal has preached the importance of his “players-first” philosophy to the point that someone actually made the man a jacket with the phrase printed on the front last week. Tell me, “league source,” how is Cal thinking about himself when he encourages his players to go pro if they’re projected to go high in the draft? Surely, Cal was thinking of himself when he gave Kyle Wiltjer a full release to transfer to any school he wants recently. That selfish SOB. What a guy.
Keep punching away in those shadows, league source. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes.