College coaches often have huge built-in advantages (power conferences, facilities, tradition, recruiting base) and start to believe all the fawning hype.
We saw that in Boston with Pitino, whose first move was to strip Red Auerbach of his title.
In college, you can run a couple players off the team, bring in a couple junior college players with 0.0 GPAs and you’re a genius.
The NBA is a players’ league to a far greater extent than football, baseball or hockey. The players run the asylum and if you don’t have enough good ones, you’ll be gone in a heartbeat.
If Danny Ainge can bring in some talent, maybe Stevens is the right man for the job. But talent is the first, second and third most important factor in the NBA. Nobody was calling Doc Rivers a genius until KG and Ray Allen came aboard.
Ainge said in an e-mail press release, “Brad and I share the same values. Though he is young, I see Brad as a great leader who leads with impeccable character and a strong work ethic. His teams always play hard and execute on both ends of the court.”
It’s a win-win situation for Stevens.
If it doesn’t work out, he’s fattened his bank account, added NBA experience to his resume, avoided the recruiting cesspool for a few years and then will make a fortune for a top college in need of a top coach.
Michael Muldoon is a reporter for The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.