Plans then changed, and rather than staying in Milwaukee, I worked my way to a repair shop and got myself back to Butler. Then after the Bulldogs next home game, as I was leaving the press conference, I walked past Stevens. He stopped me, then added “Glad to see you are all right. Be careful now.” I was completely in shock. For one, I had no idea how he ever figured out about the accident. Second, the fact that he took the time to say that to a student reporter, to me speaks volumes about the kind of person Brad Stevens is.
After I moved on to work at the Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter, I have done a local story on Brad Stevens virtually every year. Every time, he has been more than gracious with his time and making sure that I have everything I need for my story. That is not something that all Division I coaches will do for a smaller newspaper, even from their hometown.
But Brad is different, and that is why I have no doubts he will succeed and that the glamour of being an NBA coach will not change him. He will still be the kid who played in Zionsville’s old Varsity Gym, setting school records in career points (1,508), assists (444) and steals (156).
So while it will be tough to see him lose the Butler blue for Celtic green, I can’t be more happy for a coach that I completely respect. Best of luck Brad, you have created one more Celtic fan.