Brad Stevens Wanted No Part Of Tanking Before Being Celtics Coach

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Brad Stevens Wanted No Part Of Tanking Before Being Celtics Coach

Post by bobheckler on Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:03 pm

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Brad Stevens Wanted No Part Of Tanking Before Being Celtics Coach 






by NESN Staff on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 4:50PM






Tanking has been a hot topic of debate in pro sports, and specifically the NBA, in recent years. One of the reasons for that is the results of tanking usually aren’t too bad. 


Losing games on purpose — which can be done in a lot of ways, from roster construction to lineups, etc. — isn’t fun, though, and there’s no guarantee it’ll work, despite recent success in Philadelphia and other places. 


And even if a team gets lucky in the draft lottery, selecting the right players is very difficult. 


When the Boston Celtics were trying to convince Brad Stevens to leave Butler University and become their next head coach before the 2013-14 season, he made it clear that tanking wasn’t something he wanted to be a part of. 


“The one thing he wouldn’t do going forward was try to lose a game, or you know, ‘tank,’ ” Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca told Boston.com. “So if we were going to have a strategy, maybe like ‘The Process,’ he was not going to participate in that.” 


“We said, ‘No, we’re always trying to win. We’re going to try to win on the fly and rebuild on the fly,’ ” Pagliuca said. “Who knows if we can do that or not, but that was certainly going to be the strategy. Tanking is different than developing talent. We try to keep all the good talent.” 


It turned out that C’s president of basketball operations Danny Ainge didn’t need to tank. He made several good trades, most notably the one that sent veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets for what turned into a couple high lottery picks. He used those picks to draft Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, and traded for superstar point guard Kyrie Irving. Giving up very little to acquire Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns was a solid move, too. 


Now, Stevens has one of the most well-rounded rosters in the NBA, and he’s taken that talent and turned it into the league’s best team, at least in the standings, with a 15-2 record.



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Re: Brad Stevens Wanted No Part Of Tanking Before Being Celtics Coach

Post by k_j_88 on Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:25 pm

You could tell, even during his first year, that he was in it to win.


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Post by Phil Pressey on Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:43 pm

While this is true, I think Brad is also willing to risk losses to test ideas. He is thinking one possession at a time, but he is also focused on how the team grows from beginning to end. He doesn't seem to be afraid to lose as long as something is learned.

Brad is the poker player who will put in more money with bad cards just to see the winner's hand.
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Re: Brad Stevens Wanted No Part Of Tanking Before Being Celtics Coach

Post by k_j_88 on Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:50 pm

Roster experimentation is sometimes necessary when a coach is experiencing issues with injuries or inconsistent play. Also, some lineups just don't play well together.


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