Eight coaches received votes, including Philadelphia's Brett Brown, Houston's Mike D'Antoni, Indiana's Nate McMillan, San Antonio's Gregg Popovich, LA Clippers' Doc Rivers, Utah's Quin Snyder and Portland's Terry Stotts.
"It's so incredible to have an opportunity to be one of 30", Stevens adds.
This happened despite the 41-year-old coaching prodigy leading the Celtics to a 55-27 record and a second-seeded berth in the the NBA Eastern Conference. Maybe if Boston can knock off the Cavs, Stevens will get some credit from his fellow coaches.
"And I'm telling you, I looked at the sheet, there's no way I would've voted for me over any of the other 29 people". The guy that should have won got it.
Informed that Stevens hadn't received a vote, former Celtics swingman Evan Turner tweeted, "That's insane. only in America!"
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In a timeframe that has often already swallowed up most first-time National Basketball Association coaches, he's managed to endear himself to a championship-driven city by helping Boston make an improbable run back to the Eastern Conference finals.
Thomas has a bit of a point about Stevens considering the major contributions he was able to get out of the young players on his roster in addition to how the squad was able to maximize the talent of its bench and role players while adjusting to losing key guys throughout the season. I'm stealing from those guys all the time.
He hold the four of them he loved Boston for its "extensive basketball history" and voiced confidence he could be a difference-maker for the team.
With their upcoming matchup being against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Stevens said he spent "a lot of time" speaking with Kyrie Irving yesterday, picking his brain about his former team.
The Boston Celtics have repeatedly defied the odds during the season and Charles Barkley simply can not believe how far they have come.