Basketball and Beyond: Celtics’ Brad Stevens on the transition from college to NBA

In a span of 14 years, Brad Stevens has gone from a volunteer administrator in the Butler University men’s basketball program to head coach of the Boston Celtics. In 2007 he was named head coach at Butler and in his five seasons with the Bulldogs he led the team to back-to-back Final Four appearances.

His success did not go unnoticed as he was hired this offseason to be the head coach of the Celtics. Stevens joined Mike Krzyzewski on Basketball and Beyond this week and talked about the transition from coaching at the college level to the NBA.

In college you have so many more practice days to get points across, so if you want to become better at one or two things in a week, you will become better at that […] But [in the NBA], you might have 20 minutes to do it or you might have a quick film session right before a game to do it, so you have to be really be good about what you’re working on, what you’re talking about and not try to hit on too many things.

One of the biggest changes Stevens noted was the lack of recruiting at the professional level. Recruiting future players in college is a year-round, time-consuming task. But does he miss it?

“I miss getting to know the kids and their families,” Stevens told Coach K. “And I also miss the moment where a kid is going to visit and you know, he might become a Butler Bulldog today. There’s something really exciting about that.”

Coach K takes to the airwaves Thursdays at 6 pm ET throughout the college basketball season on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. Basketball and Beyond with Coach K, co-hosted by Dave Sims, is in its ninth season, and is available live on Ch. 91, on the SiriusXM app and on SiriusXM On Demand.

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