Speaking to the Hall of Fame coach of the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team (h/t NESN's Dakota Randall), Irving said he was "unbelievably craving" a tactical partner like Stevens.
"Brad fits perfectly in terms of that because he has an intellectual mind and is an intellectual human being," Irving said. "It was something I was unbelievably craving in terms of what I wanted for my career."
Irving has long been an admirer of Stevens, and told reporters at media day that he "wouldn't want to be with another coach."
"Because he is that intellectual," Irving said, according to NBC Sports Boston. "He is that high-character guy. He's growth-oriented. He wants the best for his team. He's realistic about his goals, about the mission.
"That's who he is. He's a smart individual that knows basketball."
Through Thursday night, the partnership has been a positive one for both sides.
Irving, meanwhile, has led the offense with a team-high 21.8 points and 5.6 assists per game on 44.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 35.8 percent from three.
Stats courtesy of NBA.com.