Before he coached his first game at TD Garden new Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens was playfully asked if he noticed the 17 championship banners hanging inside his new gym. Stevens said they "couldn’t be further from my mind right now" while noting that he wasn't hired for what had happened in the past but to try to get the team back to that level.
And let's face it for Game 1 of his NBA odyssey Stevens just wanted to make sure he looked like he belonged.
So even as he admits that he's still learning the intricacies of the NBA game Stevens was his typical poised self throughout Monday's 97-89 exhibition loss to the Toronto Raptors. He didn't panic when his team fell behind early and he coached his squad straight through the final buzzer. Better yet he didn't have any obvious rookie moments.
He did admit he'll need the preseason to grasp the jump from the NCAA level.
"Really really different" Stevens said. "Just because it's a 48-minute game getting used to the timeouts. ......