Stevens recalls highs, lows of Selection Sunday

Stevens recalls highs, lows of Selection Sunday
March 16, 2014, 11:30 pm
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For years, today was one of the more special times for Brad Stevens.
 
It’s Selection Sunday, when all those two-a-day sessions and nail-biting wins hopefully cumulate with a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
 
“It was great when you were in,” said Stevens, who become the Boston Celtics head coach this past summer after spending the previous six years as the head coach of Butler University. “It was the worst when you weren’t. Certainly run the gamut of emotions.”
 
This was usually a good day for Stevens/ His Bulldogs went to the NCAA Tournament in each of his six seasons. including a pair of trips to the NCAA championship game (2010 and 2011).
 
But the team he has now, and the Celtics’ respective role, is radically different.
 
At Butler, the goal was to go as deep as they could in the postseason.
 
Here with the Celtics -- at least for this season -- it’s to be competitive and build a strong foundation going forward, with the understanding that wins will be few and far between.
 
Sunday’s 121-120 overtime loss to New Orleans was yet another game in which the Celtics played well enough to be in position to win. The Celtics (22-45) once again failed to make the necessary plays in order to secure the victory.
 
But you won’t find Stevens complaining or even pining for the days when he would be preparing his team for the one-and-done postseason that is the NCAA Tournament.
 
“It really is a great tournament to be a part of,” said Stevens, who then added: “I’m really happy to be where I am and excited about what I’m doing.”