Rick Pitino and Brad Stevens happen to have a couple qualities in common. Both enjoyed success at the collegiate level. Pitino led Kentucky to legendary heights in the ’90s. Stevens took a Butler program basically from the ranks of the unknown to back-to-back national title game berths and then into the newly-formed basketball-centric Big East.
Also like Pitino, Stevens has chosen to leave the comfy confines of a college campus to where he is revered to take a job at the professional level.
Like Pitino once attempted, Stevens will be leading the Boston Celtics next season.
Of course, Beantowners are hoping that is where the similarities end. Pitino compiled a 102-146 record over four unsuccessful seasons with the Celts, failing to bring in any meaningful talent given his executive-level decision making privileges with the team and failing to develop the players already on the roster.
But that doesn’t mean Pitino is going to be a sore sport about it. In fact, after winning the national title with Louisville, the recently-minted Hall of Famer seems to be excited at the opportunity Stevens has been presented.
New #Celtics coach Brad Stevens said former C’s coach Rick Pitino sent him message of congrats, telling him how much he will love Boston.
— Scott Souza (@scott_souza) July 5, 2013
It is a great city. That much is without question. However, despite the gesture on Pitino’s part, Stevens should be worried about Bostonians loving him. After the team traded away Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, winning games won’t be nearly as easy as he made it look like it was while at Butler.
[H/T: CBS Sports]