Stevens getting 'feel' for game, C's in Orlando

Stevens getting 'feel' for game, C's in Orlando
July 7, 2013, 7:15 pm
Share This Post

ORLANDO, Fla. — For recently drafted rookies and other neophytes to the NBA game, summer league often serves up their first taste of NBA action, albeit on a smaller and less competitive level.

The same is true for rookie head coaches, among them being Boston's Brad Stevens.

Boston's recently named head coach was among those in attendance at Boston's 95-88 loss to Orlando on Sunday.

"A lot of coaches are down here evaluating players," Stevens said. "And I'm down here getting a better feel not only for the players, but the game, the discussion points in the game, some of the things that might be differences between college and the pros which I think there are quite a few."

Stevens, hired away from mid-major power Butler, will spend time shuffling between his hotel room and the Orlando Magic practice court to watch games.

"There's a lot of studying to do," Stevens said. "I'm passing on many social activities just to go back to my room and watch and continue to learn."

But Stevens has a good role model - his wife Tracy, an attorney who also doubles as his agent - in helping him figure out the best preparation plan going forward.

"I saw my wife study for the bar for two months, like it was going out of style," Stevens recalled. "My stuff is a lot more interesting than that."

Part of his prep work includes figuring out how to put his players in the best position to be successful.

"I'll have a good pulse on what they do well by the time we get started," Stevens said. "That's a priority for me so we can come up with the right plan of attack. And I think that's the appropriate way to go about that. There's a lot of individual and collective studying you have to do to get that right."

And then there's adding a coaching staff, moving the family to Boston, more studying of the roster, getting to know his new players like Rajon Rondo and long, laundry list of things to do in the coming months.

"I'm really just soaking it all in," Stevens said.