If you had any qualms about writing in Brad Stevens for president of the United States in 2016, you can put them to rest.
I am truly humbled and honored to assume the responsibilities of head coach of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics’ mystique, history, culture and tradition speaks for itself. There is nothing else like it in all of professional sports.
At the press conference announcing my hiring, I was in awe looking up at the 17 championship banners. I am first and foremost a fan and admirer of the Boston Celtics and what has been accomplished by each of you.
On behalf of the Boston Celtics management, staff and players, I write you to come around any time. Please know that you are cordially welcome to attend our practice sessions, home games at the TD Garden, games when we are on the road and Celtics events in our community.
I look forward to meeting you in the near future. Continued success and well wishes.
It’s safe to assume that this invitation doesn’t include Pierce and Garnett quite yet, since they play for Brooklyn (and inviting players from other teams to observe practice might make tanking a little too obvious), but it’s equally safe to assume that as soon as Pierce and Garnett are finished playing, they will receive a similar letter.
Stevens has never coached in the NBA, but he was a very successful recruiter at Butler. Being a successful recruiter isn’t just about focusing on your next target. It’s also about keeping a relationship with your previous players. Showing you care about your alums demonstrates to incoming players that you will continue to care about them after they have left the team. Actions like this very well might help make Brad Stevens an attractive coach to play for in the future.
So yeah, Brad Stevens understands the importance of Boston’s history and culture, and he continues to be genuinely classy and generally awesome about everything. Nothing new to report here.
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