To some people, it may have just looked like an OK win over a mediocre NBA team but to others, it was a big moment in Brad Stevens' career as the head coach of the Boston Celtics.
Sure, there was not much to take away from the Celtics 107-99 win over the Miami Heat on MLK Day--since this is no longer the LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh era down in South Beach--but it was Brad Stevens' 250th career win as the Celtics head coach. He is one of just four Celtics head coaches ever to achieve that milestone, so that's pretty good.
Here's what the most outspoken player on the team, Kyrie Irving had to say about it.
“I think he’s done great, not just with this team, but over the last five or six years just getting everything out of the groups that he’s had, He came in here on a rebuilding situation and really put his mark on the teams he had, and I ended up playing him them three times in the playoffs (as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers). So, it’s great to see the success he’s had. Super proud of him to get his 250th win.”
NBA.com also pointed out that Stevens' trajectory with the Celtics has been special because each and every year he has been with the team, they have gotten better and better. Seriously, the winning percentage has gone up every year the guy has been with the team--which is something that a lot of coaches cannot say.
Stevens inherited a team that was rebuilding and while the chips they had put him in a fortunate spot, it is fair to say he has definitely capitalized, even if the team is not the powerhouse some were expecting this season (but you know what? they're still doing well).