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LaMelo Ball praises Celtics' Brad Stevens to put down Lithuanian coach

12 May 2018

"The way this guy [Stevens] plugs guys in [the team] and gives them total confidence..." It's so incredible to have an opportunity to be one of 30.

Casey's Raptors finished first in the Eastern Conference this regular season after going 59-23, which was the second-best record in the league. Numerous guys who got votes are indeed credible candidates, but it's hard to argue that Rivers, whose Clippers went 42-40 and missed the playoffs, had a better season than Stevens, whose injury-plagued Celtics went 55-27 and finished second in the Eastern Conference. Stevens talked about the vote ahead of Game 5 against the Sixers, and as one would expect, he wasn't too anxious about it and said Casey deserved to win the award.

Instead, Thomas feels the award should have gone to one of his former coaches, Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics.

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Brad Stevens, who coached at Butler University was not as successful a college coach as Rick Pitino or John Calapari as he never won a national NCAA Championship. "Because I'm telling you, if it gets to be a comparison contest, I'm screwed".

"A good coach pretty much lets you do what you do best, kind of like the Celtics head coach, how he always lets the point guard just run and do what he does", Melo said. I respect how they've designed their team. He is also a very humble person.

Up next, Stevens and his Celtics take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. So while they may believe multiple coaches are worthy, there's only one option.

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This happened despite the 41-year-old coaching prodigy leading the Celtics to a 55-27 record and a second-seeded berth in the the NBA Eastern Conference.

After the head coach spot became vacant after the 2013 season, Ainge, Pagliuca, along with assistant general manager Mike Zarren and team co-owner Wyc Grousbeck, went to IN to visit Stevens at his home.

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LaMelo Ball praises Celtics' Brad Stevens to put down Lithuanian coach