Brad Stevens has become one of the most respected coaches among his peers and players. He has a unique approach to the game and his philosophies have gotten his players to really buy into the team aspect of the game.
Dr. Dish Basketball promotes training hard, smart and with a purpose and Brad Stevens is a coach that values these as well. A team is only as strong as its weakest link and the goal every season is to make sure every player and coach is on the same page. The game is as much mental as it is physical and teams that have the ability to stay focused on what the ultimate goal is will be the ones that have the most success.
These two basketball quotes from Brad Stevens really sum up as a team what your goals should be on the court and also off the court. Building the team from the inside out and holding everyone accountable for that is the key to success.
"The key is to maintain an evenness. Try to play one possession at a time, regardless of what happened on the last possession" -Brad Stevens
One characteristic that everyone can agree Brad Stevens exemplifies is patience and remaining even keel. You will rarely see him go crazy on the sidelines and most of the time if he does, it's because he's defending one of his players. The game of basketball is made up of many plays and if you focus too much on one possession, you can cost your team the game. The team that makes the least amount of mistakes and can bounce back from the plays that have already occurred will always give themselves a chance to win a game. Oftentimes a huge dunk or a big play will get the crowd going and the opposite team flustered which can be game changers. The teams that can stay even and understand it's just one play will be the ones who can win in any situation on the road or at home.
"You have a choice to make when you're not playing. Either you're invested and a great teammate, or you're not" -Brad Stevens
One of the toughest things to deal with as a player is sitting on the bench or being injured. Every player wants to get playing time and be a factor on the court. Unfortunately, there are only so many minutes to give out. One thing that Brad Stevens emphasizes is helping your team even if you're not on the court. This can mean holding yourself to a higher standard off the court or in your personal life and it also can refer to actually sitting on the bench during games. Team support and camaraderie are characteristics of championship teams and that includes every player on a team. You can always tell the demeanor of a player by how they look on the bench. When I watch basketball games I often see players uninterested or not cheering for their teammates when they are on the bench. Those players are oftentimes the negative ones in the locker room as well. Great coaches will make sure to straighten that out or ultimately make the decision to replace that player for the well being of the team. Make sure you are not the player on or off the bench that portrays yourself this way. Never be satisfied at where you are as a player and continue to work hard but always be a supportive and positive teammate!