For Brad Stevens, it's hard to be bad.
Even after the Boston Celtics began the season with an 0-4 record, he was drawing nothing but praise from his players. Brandon Bass said, "There’s something special about that guy, man. He’s a rookie coach, but he’s very knowledgeable and he’s picking up things pretty fast," according to ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg. And he's not alone in his sentiment.
That was before the C's started to turn things around.
Since Bass' statement, Stevens has gotten Boston humming—relatively—with an 8-8 record that has them sitting pretty atop the Atlantic Division and challenging for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The veterans are buying in to what he's selling, and he's made the right rotation decisions countless times. He's cool under pressure. He stays focused. Practices are making the young members of the Celtics into better basketball players.
Everything is positive.
Well...everything except the very fact that the Celtics are winning games.
They're doing the exact thing that so much of the offseason was geared toward avoiding. And by doing so, they're taking themselves out of the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes and making it that much harder to jump-start the rebuilding process after the inevitable championship-less end to the 2013-14 season.
It's hard to pick on a guy for helping his team win, yet Stevens has left us with no choice as he continues to maximize the hand that he was dealt. Somehow, he's turned a pair of twos into pocket aces.