|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 30, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
Welcome to the big leagues. That's one of those sayings that I would love to actually say to someone. The Celtics won't get much time to before their first preseason game, but what's stopping them from meeting? They can't set a team meeting to set expectations, or to set a playbook? Stevens has spoken to all of his players, but not all at the same time. Stevens has been hard at work nonetheless.
The lifelong learner spent his first six weeks engrossed in not just the details of NBA play and the skills of his personnel, but in grasping the immeasurable mystique of the leprechaun. "Trying to wrap my arms around why it's special to be a Celtic," says Stevens. He sat for an hour with Hall of Fame player, former coach and current broadcaster Tommy Heinsohn and talked on the phone with John Havlicek. He's exchanged texts with Dave Cowens. Much more in the present, he met with Rondo in July at Rondo's camp. "He's a big, big thinker," says Stevens. "Very intelligent, and a numbers guy. Just great talking with him."
In those early weeks Stevens worked to keep his foot near the brake pedal. The task is far too large to conquer quickly. "We're young," he says, "so developing as a team and as individuals is paramount." The schedule mocks him: just six days of training camp before the first exhibition game and 18 games in the first 30 days of the season, 10 of them on the road. "Holy smokes," says Stevens. "Very little time for practice."
The Celtics are young, and they should have their legs, but the game plan under Stevens may take long. Will see..