Brad Stevens' first year with the Celtics wasn't an artistic success, but -- after the mega-trade with Brooklyn that sent out the team's veteran core of stars and brought in role players and future draft picks -- no one thought it would be. It was, in the words of Comcast SportsNet's Abby Chin, "about establishing a culture and gaining the trust of everyone in the organization."
"At the start of the year, guys were great outwardly and guys were great to me," said Stevens. "But without question, there's going to be a little bit of [a] feeling-out process."
It didn't take long, however, for that feeling-out process to end.
"[The veterans] bought into Brad, and they did everything that Brad asked them to do," said second-year man Jared Sullinger. "I think that was huge."
And by the end, the Celtics -- on and off the court -- knew what they had in Brad Stevens.
"He wants to be great," said Celtics basketball boss Danny Ainge. "He wants his teams to be great."
-- CSN New England staff