Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has never made his admiration of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick a secret.
“I think the reality is that I really enjoy being around high achievers,” Stevens said of the Patriots’ coaching staff at the Celtics media day in September. “People that strive for continuous growth and are always challenged to meet the next challenge. And I think that whether it’s in coaching or whether it’s in business or higher education, whatever the case may be, those type of people inspire me. So I will eat up whatever they’re telling me.”
So it wasn’t much of a surprise on Saturday to see Stevens — who has a couple of months to step back and look at a bigger picture — hanging out with Patriots staff at the team’s training camp practice.
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In the past, Belichick has described his admiration for Stevens’ coaching style, and the way he brought a young team up from rebuilding years to the current Eastern Conference contender. Belichick attended several of the Celtics’ playoff games (he was often the final Patriot in attendance that the Jumbotron panned to, drawing a roar from the crowd), and while he and Stevens can’t really connect over Xs and Os, they have both described publicly bonding over conversations about leadership, training and teamwork.
That said, the Celtics’ offense under Stevens last season was partially notable for the number of (dribble) hand-off sets that worked to perfection, so who knows. Perhaps Belichick had more…
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