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Brad Stevens: Give Kids The Freedom To Play

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Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens), is the President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics (@Celtics) and a PCA National Advisory Board Member. Stevens was the Head Coach of the Celtics until 2021. Stevens is most famous for his calm coaching style and demeanor on the sidelines. He is known for getting the most out of his players and led the Celtics to multiple Eastern Conference Finals appearances as the coach. Before joining the Celtics, Stevens rose to prominence as coach of the Butler University basketball team that he led to consecutive NCAA title game appearances.

Stevens says here that "the greatest thing youth coaches can do is teach the basics of the game and not over-coach." Even as a coach at the professional level, Stevens sees the game as "scripted, but somewhat random," which emphasizes a focus on fundamentals. Winning a game takes all that you know, and Steven says it's much more satisfying to watch kids figure it out on the court rather than be robots out there with a scripted set of moves. Teaching the basics and giving them the freedom to play allows kids to win on their own.