Even before Celtics coach Brad Stevens got his first win as an NBA head coach last night, the team's president of basketball operations Danny Ainge could be counted as one of Stevens' biggest fans.
"He's a really smart guy and a really good guy," Ainge told The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich show Thursday morning. "He really is who he appears to be. All the things you hear, and watching him as a college coach . . . There really is no baggage with Brad. He really is a genuine person."
Ainge praised the fact that Stevens, who was head coach at Butler University for six years before joining the Celtics, is adapting quickly to the pro game.
"He's a very intelligent guy. He's learning the game on the fly. It is a learning process for him, [but] he has a good assistant coaching staff that's helping him and some veteran players. But he's just a guy that works harder than any coach I've seen. I think he's going to be a great success."
Having a coach who is so respected at the highest levels of the organization, and who possesses such highly-regarded character, can only help in a season that is expected to be a grind when it comes to wins and losses.