TORONTO — Being an NBA coach comes with plenty of responsibilities.
For new Celtics coach Brad Stevens, the plate might be even more full and not just because of the job, but what the 37-year-old having it means to others.
When the Boston Celtics tapped Stevens as the replacement for Doc Rivers after six wildly successful seasons at Butler, it caught the attention of the entire basketball world. But with that attention came questions and a few concerns.
Does he have enough experience?
Is he too young?
Can a successful college coach from a mid-major program make the leap to the NBA without falling flat on his face?
Only time will reveal those answers, which may have an impact on the opportunities that come available to other college coaches who might have an interest in the NBA.
When asked about that added responsibility, Stevens said, "I don't feel that. I have gotten a few texts from [other coaches] and well wishes. But it hasn't been like, 'Hey I'm really curious to see how you do.' "
Stevens is quick to point out that he has plenty of responsibilities now, such as preparing the Celtics as best he can for tonight's season opener against Toronto.
"At the end of the day, I can't put that on, as another responsibility," Stevens said. "The biggest responsibility you have is to do your job to the best of your ability."