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Knowing when to say “when”: Brad Stevens’ transition to the front office

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After shooting down the rumors, he added, “I don’t know how long I’m going to coach. I don’t know how long I’m going to coach in the NBA. I don’t know how long they’ll want me to coach in the NBA. I don’t know what I’ll do after that. Maybe I’ll find something new.”

Those remarks took on added significance when then President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge stepped down while the corpse of the team’s 2021 season was still warm, with Stevens being immediately named his successor.

However, given the alacrity with which Brad Stevens accepted the front office gig he was offered, I have to think that, mentally, he was disengaged for considerable stretches of last season-it certainly would have been difficult to focus on coaching once Stevens knew that Ainge was retiring and that ownership wanted him as a replacement as early as March.

With new head coach Ime Udoka, I think the players are going to be more responsive to a coach who is excited to have a new challenge, rather than one who had grown tired of the demands of the job.

Udoka has also brought a distinct philosophy to the head coaching gig, or rather, he seems to be breathing new life into Stevens’ old coaching philosophy.

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