Celtics coach Brad Stevens joined Dale & Keefe during the WEEI Jimmy Fund Radiothon on Wednesday and discussed one of the best challenges a coach can have — finding minutes for a very talented roster.
With Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving returning from their respective season-ending injuries, and youngsters like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum expected to continue improving, players will have to figure out how to handle reduced playing time.
“If we don’t, we won’t get what we want,” Stevens said. “Ultimately, when you bring guys back like Gordon and Kyrie that play a lot of minutes, we have to utilize our depth as a real positive and not make that something where it can be misconstrued the other way. At the end of the day, we have a lot of guys that can play, we’ve got a lot of guys that have proven they can play.
“It doesn’t mean it will be easy for guys to play a little bit less here or there — maybe play 28 or 29 minutes one night, 19 to 22 the next, but that’s part of what being on a good team is all about and it’s one of those things, if we’re able as a group to keep our focus on the main prize, then those things will be very manageable, because winning is the most important thing.”
Stevens also discussed the Auerbach Center, the team’s new practice facility in Brighton.
“It’s special,” he said. “I’ve said this multiple times now. It feels like so much. It is so beautiful. They did not skip any steps. From our offices to the kitchen and dining area where the guys are, to all the of the amenities in the strength, and training, and pools, and sleep, it’s just amazing. Let alone two beautiful courts side by side. We’re very, very lucky. I think it will be something that not only helps us to attract and retain free agents, but also and probably just as importantly, guys won’t want to leave. It’s a place where you can kind of get lost, and it’s a fun place to be.”
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