Of course the Celtics changed all that.
I can’t help thinking Stevens will endure some long, lonely days ahead dealing with extremely wealthy, often spoiled players and their agents. Skeptical Boston fans that frankly couldn’t care less about his Butler success, will be in riot-mode if the Celtics don’t win big next season — that won’t be pleasant.
I’m trying to believe that it wasn’t the reported six-year, $22 million contract that made him choose to cross the state line. I’m also trying to believe that as a kid shooting hoops in Zionsville, he dreamed of some day coaching the Celtics. If that’s the case, how can we not be happy for him?
But Stevens has broken a few million Hoosier hearts this week and he’s going to have to understand that we’re just getting off the floor from that punch in the gut. Give us some time.
Dave Kitchell is the former sports editor of the Kokomo Tribune. He can be reached through the sports department.