Brad Stevens: Learning From Competitors Like Steve Kerr
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PCA National Advisory Board Member Brad Stevens is Head Coach for the Boston Celtics (@Celtics). Stevens is known as a positive coach and is most famous for his calm demeanor on the sidelines. He is known for getting the most out of his players and has now led the Celtics to consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances. 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 states that his learning and development as a coach never stops. Every time he watches an NBA game he is constantly trying to learn aspects from many different coaches, "that's my studying, I watch the film, and try to pick apart stuff". Stevens states that Coach Steve Kerr has been an instrument to his learning and that he believes Kerrs' Warriors are a direct reflection of him as a coach. Stevens explains that Kerr's personality is a big reason as to why the Warriors have had so much success because the players seem to enjoy the game, and always have smiles while playing. Stevens gains a great deal from people he competes against, simply by identifying what makes those teams successful and implementing it into his own coaching.