It’s the start of training camp and like other teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Boston Celtics have grown a little older. Plus, lot of things have changed with regards to the team’s core players.
Because of the major changes that they have undergone, sports analysts brand the Boston Celtics as a rebuilding team and not a threat to conference rivals like the Miami Heat, the Indiana Pacers, and the New Jersey Nets, among others.
On the other hand, do their sports odds improve because they hired one of the best college basketball coaches as their head coach? According to many professional analysts, such move does not improve their odds at all and the hiring of Brad Stevens (former Butler University head coach) is just a step that will complement the team’s rebuilding process.
It should be noted also that a coach’s value is very different in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and in the NBA. Sure, many basketball fans knew Rotnei Clarke and Gordon Hayward—players that—Stevens coached, but who ever knew that he called the shots for those guys?
At Butler, Stevens created an atmosphere of being a constant championship contender, but this is definitely hard to match in the NBA.
The world’s premier basketball league is a completely different field that is ran by alpha males with huge egos! NBA aficionados can constantly debate how Phil Jackson mattered to the Lakers and how Erik Spoelstra managed to mesh Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Ray Allen into his system. However, this is not the case with the Celtics since they have very limited players like Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Kris Humpries, and Gerald Wallace, etc. to work with.
Sad to say, the Boston Celtics will probably lose a majority of their game and hiring a spectacular coach will not improve their sports odds of winning. What’s good news for the team is it’s going on the right track when it comes to rebuilding. Stevens will definitely feel comfortable coaching in the big league, but (sad to say) his impact won’t be felt this season.