During the Boston Celtics’ weekend visit to Texas, bench boss Brad Stevens weighed in on the San Antonio Spurs’ sustained excellence.
In other words, talk of San Antonio’s streak of 22 consecutive playoff appearances under legendary mentor Gregg Popovich, the Boston Globe reported.
“I was 18 years old when this all started,” Stevens told the newspaper. “I have no idea what the right answer is (to their success) because I haven’t lived it but I would say from afar, they’ve just stayed the course. They’ve had good players, really good coaching, a really good front office. And it hasn’t always been exactly how they wanted but they just stayed the course with it, even through some of the early playoff (exits) and as a result, they have a ton of banners.”
On Saturday, Boston pounced on San Antonio, recording a 135-115 win. The contest was Stevens’ 13th against the Spurs (he has two wins). What’s more, the newspaper noted, the Celtics are 1-6 at the Spurs’ home arena, AT&T Center, during Stevens’ tenure.
“Who enjoys that?” Stevens was quoted as saying, referring to matching wits with Popovich. “He’s great. You learn so much when you watch him. I’m thankful our guys had a chance to play for him (with Team USA) but has anybody enjoyed coming here in the recent past? He and the players have had a lot to do with that but it’s fun to watch them play.”