How Steve Kerr helped Brad Stevens keep an eye on his Celtics from afar

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How Steve Kerr helped Brad Stevens keep an eye on his Celtics from afar
How Steve Kerr helped Brad Stevens keep an eye on his Celtics from afar

SAN FRANCISCO — When Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart played for the United States at the FIBA World Cup this past summer, it put Celtics coach Brad Stevens in a slightly unusual position. Stevens was watching the games closely and was eager to see how his players had developed, and how the three returning players would mesh with Walker. And Stevens is, at his core, a coach, so there were times he wanted to offer instruction or advice. But he also did not want to overstep his bounds, because in the World Cup the four Celtics were being guided by an extremely capable group of coaches. The good thing for Stevens, however, was that he had a man on the inside. Stevens and

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