November 20, 2018

Brad Stevens Did Not Deserve A Single Coach Of The Year Vote

15 May 2018, 11:17 | Pamela Mathis

Jaylen Brown

Jaylen Brown

In a timeframe that has often already swallowed up most first-time National Basketball Association coaches, he's managed to endear himself to a championship-driven city by helping Boston make an improbable run back to the Eastern Conference finals.

The National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) announced Dwane Casey as its Coach of the Year award victor today.

Some posited that other coaches voted out of frustration for how the media has lavished praise on Stevens, which some find incongruous with the way the media has treated other coaches in the past.

But c'mon. Zero votes for Stevens? "He would get a vote from me", Brown said. The ongoing game of hot-take one-upmanship about Stevens' coaching acumen is truly a sight to behold.

He believes his team's mental toughness and grit have carried it more than anything he's done.

But Auerbach's genius was arguably more in talent evaluation - Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Sam Jones, Dave Cowens, Larry Bird, to name but five - than in-game strategy.

As Mike Prada of SB Nation detailed, Stevens effectively finished the series with two brilliant play designs on after-timeout plays in the waning moments of Game 3.

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For what it's worth, Steve Kerr didn't get a vote either. It wasn't a pretty sight. And while this is Paul Giamatti levels of humble, he knows what matters most to him. But also, deflecting from his own work and making it about the team is what Stevens has done the entire time he's been in Boston. On offense, the ball moves.

"LeBron is on just a ridiculous run of play". Yet, although they've had some major setbacks, Stevens hasn't been acknowledged for his great achievement.

Certainly Cleveland can end that fun if it can reach the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year. The NBA coaches got this one 100 percent correct.

Instead, Thomas feels the award should have gone to one of his former coaches, Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics.

"I think we're very alert to the fact that we'll get a heavyweight punch on Tuesday night", he said. "And obviously we got a Carolina connection".

"I don't think that I would ever define anybody in the coaching or playing shoes probably as comfortable", he said.

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