For Celtics coach Brad Stevens, his first NBA pre-draft combine has been a lot like being back on the college recruiting trail when he was coach at Butler.
Stevens told CSNNE.com Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely that he's enjoyed watching potential draft picks work out and go through drills, but he's learned more from sitting down and talking to the players.
"It's been beneficial to watch them go through drills, but it's been more beneficial to be in the interview room," Stevens said.
"This is a lot like the [college] off-season. You go to these camps and watch the high school kids go through drills. It's a little unique to be able to talk to them."
What's Stevens looking for in the interviews?
"There's only a few things you can learn in a 30-minute interview," he said. "The key is to narrow it down to what you want to learn. We're asking to get a better gauge on what makes them tick and what they think about the game of basketball, what's important to them, why they play the game."
The Celtics will learn where they pick on Tuesday night at the NBA Draft Lottery. What impact will the combine have on the selection?
"Ultimately this is going to be Danny's call [as in president of basketball operations Danny Ainge]," Stevens said...If everything else is equal, it [the coach's combine observations] could be a factor. We'll talk. I'm sure they'll gauge my thoughts."