Nobody's stock has risen higher during the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs than Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens', but Celtics legend Robert Parish wondered if some are going a bit overboard in crediting Stevens for the team's success.
Ever since Stevens left Butler University for the Celtics, theories have swirled that he eventually would head back to the college ranks to take over at Duke University once legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski hangs it up.
"I'm not saying Brad Stevens should not be getting praise for the job he's done because I feel like he's done an outstanding job". "It's just something that these guys should be getting it all".
In typical fashion, Stevens said it should be redirected elsewhere. We all have a role to play.
James told reporters after the Cavaliers' Game 1 loss to the Celtics on Monday he had "zero level of concern" about his team's future performance.
There's no question Stevens has maximized the talent at his disposal, with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown among the team's biggest surprises.
And in the aftermath of Hayward's opening night injury, the Celtics came together and won 55 games during the regular season, touting one of the league's best defensive units.
Stevens would much rather see the praise go to the players on the court, as they're the ones that are getting the job done on the court despite everything which is being thrown at them. But you can't undersell what Boston's boy wonder does for his players.
The Celtics will look to draw on the energy of their supporters in a similar way in tonight's Game 2 matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Without Stevens, who knows where Boston's rebuild would be at the moment. They were also the last team to hand a James team three straight losses in the East.