New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick recently praised Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens for a great season.
The New England Patriots are no stranger to having one of the best coaches in the league. Since coming to New England, Belichick and the Patriots have been one of the most successful teams in all of sports.
As the head coach of the Patriots, Belichick has now won five Super Bowls to go along with his accomplishments as a coordinator under Bill Parcells. While Belichick is certainly a great coach, there is another great coach in Boston, and that is Brad Stevens of the Celtics.
The Celtics were able to have an incredible year under Stevens, as they were just one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals despite arguably their two best players being out. Even though they didn’t have Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward, the Celtics nearly knocked off LeBron James.
Even though they did come up slightly short, Stevens did an incredible job coaching this team. Recently, Bill Belichick talked with Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal about Stevens. Here’s what he had to say.
“Coach Stevens is incredible,” Belichick said. “He always points out that the players are the ones who, regardless of the situation, have made this a special team, defying all expectations and adversity game after game after game. But he clearly is a driving force behind it. Coach Stevens is a phenomenal person, leader, teacher and strategist, and the job he does is a model for all coaches.”
Seeing what Stevens and the Celtics were able to accomplish this season has to provide a lot of optimism for next season. With Irving and Hayward back, the Celtics will likely be the favorite in the Eastern Conference next season.
Even though hiring the young Stevens out of Butler came with some risk, he has proved that he is emerging as one of the best coaches in the NBA. Stevens has done a great job getting the most out of his team, which is generally a sign of a good coach. For Boston and New England fans, they certainly can take comfort in knowing that they have two of the best coaches in pro sports. Belichick giving praise to Stevens is certainly well-deserved, as he tries to be like Belichick and bring a title to Boston.