Without Gordon Hayward, Brad Stevens led the Celtics to 55 wins and #2 seed in the East. Without Kyrie Irving, he now has Boston in the Conference Finals. Despite roundly being praised from those accomplishments, the Zionsville native and former Butler head man has remained humble.
Maybe a little too humble...
Stevens was asked before last night's series-clinching win over Philadelphia about not receiving any votes in the NBA Coach of the Year voting, and here was his response:
ALL CLASS BRAD: Stevens says he doesn’t deserve Coach of the Year, means more to get a text from a former player (like IT) pic.twitter.com/YF45EZBVJx— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) May 9, 2018
While I appreciate Stevens' humility, his accomplishments this season speak for themselves:
Brad Stevens 2017-18 Resume:— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) May 9, 2018
-73.3% roster turnover (4 returning players + 7 rookies)
-Lost All-Star Hayward 5:15 into year
-All-Star Irving missed 22 GM
-Smart/Morris each missed 28 GM
-#Celtics 55-27 (2nd EC)
-Top-ranked #NBA defense
-28 road W (1st EC)
-0 COY votes from peers
I can't wait to see what he has drawn up for LeBron.