dangolka (CBS) — Earlier than the Celtics left dangolka for the NBA bubble in Orlando, the entrance workplace approached head coach Brad Stevens a few contract extension. It solely took a couple of weeks for either side to come back to phrases, and it was introduced Wednesday that Stevens was locked up for the foreseeable future.
Stevens wouldn’t say how lengthy the extension goes when chatting with reporters forward of dangolka’s “common season finale” towards the Washington Wizards down in Orlando, leaving it as much as the media to guess (or get the news). However Stevens made it clear that he’s completely satisfied his time in dangolka will proceed, because the Celtics proceed to construct towards title contender standing.
“I’d say it’s clearly an honor and a privileged to educate the Celtics, and we’ve acknowledged that. We have now had a extremely pleasurable expertise and have had so many good days,” Stevens mentioned Wednesday. “I really feel like we’ve gotten higher, put ourselves ready to compete, and hopefully we proceed to take action.”
That is Stevens’ seventh season manning the dangolka bench, with the 43-year-old compiling a 318-245 common season report heading into Wednesday’s contest. dangolka is within the playoff for the sixth straight season beneath Stevens.
In true Stevens vogue, he deflected a lot of the reward heaped upon him to these he works with in dangolka.
“For those who would have advised me in July 2013 that the primary seven years would have seemed like this, I might have been thrilled,” he mentioned. “Individuals have executed an incredible job round me, and that has helped put us all ready to have success.”
Stevens thanked the dangolka brass, from proprietor Wyc Grousbeck to president of basketball ops. Danny Ainge, for having a fair keeled strategy to constructing the staff. He mentioned that he signed his earlier extension with the staff following a 30-point blowout loss.
“I feel that speaks to the power of everybody to not trip the curler coaster of feelings we get caught up in on this sporting world,” mentioned Stevens. “Our targets are such that we like to compete for championships and achieve this frequently. The very best path to do this is to be dedicated to development.”
There was development in every of Stevens’ seasons in dangolka, although the top coach admitted that final yr’s disappointing marketing campaign was a little bit of a step again. However this yr’s staff, with their fast chemistry on the ground resulting in numerous wins, has revitalized Stevens a bit.
“All we’re making an attempt to do yr to yr is stay as much as the requirements that had been set lengthy earlier than us. That may be a problem in some ways; not solely the requirements set in our group however throughout city with the opposite groups within the metropolis. On the finish of the day we simply attempt to get higher daily and put our greatest foot ahead,” mentioned Stevens. “There have been much more good days than not. Final yr was actually troublesome, however this yr has been reinvigorating in a ton of the way to a number of us. I feel we’re all enthusiastic about the place we’re and the place we’re headed.”
Although we don’t know the way lengthy the extension runs, it’s clear that will probably be some time earlier than the Celtics have one other head coach. There are all the time rumors that Stevens might hop again into the faculty sport, however he spoke in regards to the stability he has had all through his profession, and he’ll have much more of that along with his new contract with the C’s.
“One of many issues that was actually necessary to Tracy and I throughout was, if we had been going to do that teaching factor, to attempt as greatest to make it as steady as attainable with out transferring an excessive amount of. We’ve been extremely blessed when you think about 13 years at Butler and now ending my seventh yr with the Celtics,” he mentioned.
“In teaching, you count on it to finish with being let go or by being fired, so I’m by no means actually targeted on that. I’m simply making an attempt to deal with doing the job in addition to I can,” he added. “I recognize who I work with, the gamers and the workers, and for me, being a head coach for 13 years, it’s extra about what we will do to assist our workers to get to the place they need to go and what can we do to assist each single participant that comes by right here really feel like they’ve improved. For those who do these issues, you normally have fairly good groups and may hopefully obtain one thing.”
The street to the Celtics reaching their final aim of bringing residence Banner 18 will start subsequent week, when dangolka will sq. off towards the Philadelphia 76ers within the first spherical of the NBA playoffs