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Brad Stevens is Elite

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Gregg Popovich is praised as the gold standard for coaching, and rightly so. However, Brad Stevens is doing amazing things with the Boston Celtics, that cannot be ignored.

In his first six years in the league, Kyrie Irving has been much maligned as a defensive liability. Put him in Stevens’ system? Irving is leading the league in steals with 24. For fans of advanced metrics, Irving is also second in the NBA in defensive win shares.

It is no coincidence that teammates Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown all rank 1st, 6th, and 8th respectively as well. It is not just one player, it’s the team. Brad Stevens has always and will always achieve more with less.

From his days at Butler getting to the National Championship, to bringing a sub-par Celtics team to the playoffs in his second year, to taking a projected four seed to a 53 win team, Stevens has ALWAYS overachieved. It is time he gets the respect he deserves.

Brad Stevens in his introductory press conference as Boston Celtics head coach. Since this moment Stevens has been one of the best minds in the NBA. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

The Celtics are 8-2 right now, and that is with 3 returning players from last years team and their second best player’s leg exploding in the first game. With the Cavaliers struggling, Boston is in a great place to be the one seed for the second year in a row in this early season. Again, without Gordon Hayward, Brad is overachieving. But once more the respect is lacking.

Stevens last year was not even a top three finalist for coach of the year, despite being the number one team in the Eastern Conference in just his fourth season in the NBA. If he can do it again this year, he deserves coach of the year consideration.

So far through ten games, Stevens is the coach of the year. It is time he receives the recognition as the elite coach he is. At 41 years of age, he figures to be the new Popovich-type figure in the NBA for the next few decades at least.

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Kemba Walker Informs Hornets He Will Sign with Celtics

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The Boston Celtics may have lost Kyrie Irving in free agency, but they will be bringing in Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker to take his place.

According to the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, Walker has told the Hornets that he pans to signed with the Celtics once free agency kicks off.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Walker will ink a four-year, $141 million contract with Boston.

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Celtics Renouncing Right to Terry Rozier

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The Boston Celtics will renounce the right to guard Terry Rozier which will make him an unrestricted free agent, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

Rozier is coming off a disappointing season in which he averaged 9.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game for the Boston Celtics.

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Kyrie Irving Reportedly Closing In On Deal with Nets

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Boston Celtics superstar guard and soon-to-be free agent may have his next destination all squared away.

According to the New York Post’s Brian Lewis, Irving is leaning toward signing a four-year, $141 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets, whom he has been linked to for the past few weeks.

Irving, who grew up in New Jersey, was a Nets fan growing up.

If the Nets do land Irving, it is expected that they will be in the running for Golden State Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant.

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