Brad Stevens Rumors
The travel schedules of the Boston Celtics and the Butler Bulldogs happened to align perfectly this week in Milwaukee, allowing Gordon Hayward and Brad Stevens the rare opportunity to escape the NBA lifestyle and cheer on their former collegiate team. After wrapping up Celtics practice on the Marquette University campus Wednesday evening, Hayward and Stevens headed over to Fiserv Forum, also the sight of Thursday night’s Celtics-Bucks game, to see the Bulldogs in action against the No. 11 Golden Eagles. They were joined by Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsbury, who was also on Stevens’ Bulldogs staff, as well as C’s player development staffer Alex Barlow, who played for four years under Stevens at Butler.
“We were really lucky to be a part of that program, and we’ve always felt that way,” Stevens reflected Thursday morning. “That school was really important to our family, and I always say that being there 13 years, it’s almost like I went to school there three times. And it’s always special to get a chance (to see them play). We were really lucky that the schedule-makers worked it out for us.”
According to Hayward, though, Stevens the fan isn’t much different than Stevens the coach. “He’s analyzing the game, talking about different plays and stuff,” Hayward said. “So, really just being a coach.” “So,” pondered one reporter, “he’s not kicking back with beer and nachos?” “I don’t think so,” Hayward responded with a smile. “No, that’s not Brad. Not at all.”
Brian Robb: Stevens on Jaylen’s election as a VP of NBPA: “It’s an honor to be selected for a position like that and when you’re 22, it’s an even bigger honor. I think he’s a guy who puts in a lot of time and thought. Everybody knows that and you want somebody like that representing you.”
Sean Grande: Brad Stevens on Isaiah Thomas returning tonight… “It’s so cool. I know what I’m doing when I get home tonight. Thankfully we don’t play tomorrow or Friday so I can watch the Denver game.”