After a stellar postseason run, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens has even more confidence in his squad for the 2018-2019 season.
Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens continues to express the utmost confidence in the current state of his team.
Clutch Points reported that in a recent interview with Chris Mannix, Stevens proclaimed that guys who will come off the Celtics’ bench are good enough to be starters on other teams. This is a bold pronouncement from a guy who normally stays humble and silent when addressing the media.
Nonetheless, it’s nice to see the ringleader of the franchise act so hopeful for this upcoming season. Stevens also told Mannix that Boston plans on going ten deep, which doesn’t come as a surprise considering the many experiential lineups he played around with during the regular season and postseason back in 2017-2018.
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Nesn.com even announced some possible starting lineups for the opening matchup of the season. The projected starting five plans to be Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
However, Stevens made it clear in the Mannix interview that anyone could take anyone’s place, specifically Marcus Smart.
“Marcus Smart has come off the bench for two years, and I’ve never considered him a non-starter,” Stevens told Mannix.
After all of the drama Boston and Smart went through over the past summer, mainly because of the contract disputes, it’s refreshing to see Brad show respect for the backup guard, and all he’s done for the city.
In an NBA where superstar talent is key to a team’s success, the Celtics happen to be an anomaly of sorts. With all of the weapons the fifth year coach has, Boston can have any random player step up on any given night.
Going ten deep is increasingly rare in today’s league, especially with all of the over-bloated contracts and never-ending trades that occur over each calendar year. Stevens sees everyone as equal, which is most likely why many players speak so highly of him.
Stevens’ recent statements implies that Irving and Hayward is finally back to full health and ready to tear it up on the court. And with LeBron James off in the Western Conference, there’s no reason to not be ecstatic about their current situation.
For a guy that usually keeps to himself, Boston Celtics fans should be enthusiastic to see their savior praise his current squad, and share his passion for opening night. Speaking of which, the C’s plan to open up on TNT on October 16 against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Garden.
This will be the long awaited rematch of the Eastern Conference Semifinals last spring, where Boston derailed Phily in five.
Best believe, the crowd will be just as excited as Brad Stevens when the game finally tips off at 8 ET.