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New coach Stevens eases into Celtics job
On Monday, the Boston Celtics’ new head coach was an observer during his team’s game against Detroit in the NBA Summer Pro League at Amway Center. Boston won, 93-63.
“If I can make their job easier by learning the communication that’s already been used, that’s one person having to change instead of 15,” he said. “That’s one of the things I’m working on, and I’m just really sitting and listening right now, and it’s been great.”
In 2010 and 2011, Vanzant and Butler, under Stevens’ guidance, made back-to-back trips to the NCAA national championship game. Butler was considered a mid-major program before then, but Vanzant credits Stevens’ tenure with raising the national profile of the Indianapolis school.
Stevens, who played Division III basketball at DePauw University, said he’ll implement his own system closer to the beginning of the Celtics’ training camp.
Vanzant said he and Stevens texted back and forth a few days ago, shortly after his former coach accepted the Boston job. Stevens was interested to know what his former guard was up to, while Vanzant wished him luck at the NBA level.