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THE NEXT LEVEL By Dave Denison

On a Wednesday afternoon in late August, Brad Stevens ’99 leads me through a warren of cubicles into a small conference room, as plain as you can imagine, with a rectangular table, a few chairs and a whiteboard on the wall. He’s still about two months away from the opening game of his second season as head coach of the Boston Celtics. Most of the players are still on summer break, but Stevens is at work in the closed-to-the-public facility where the Celtics have their headquarters and practice gym in Waltham, Mass. He handles the interview for DePauw Magazine pretty much the same way he handles all his work: without much noticeable emotion but with seriousness and focus. He talks about his transition last year from Indiana to Boston. And how he felt after the Celtics compiled a 25–57 record in his first season, a reversal of fortune compared to the 166-49 record he had in six seasons as head coach at Butler University. A discussion of how he regards the sometimes harsh media spotlight of the Boston sports world leads to comments about blocking out external pressures and not worrying about things you can’t control. “A lot of people think it’s a coachism to say, ‘It’s one day at a time,’ or ‘focus in on the next task,’” he says. “But that has to be the way you do it.” Celtics coach Brad Stevens with star guard Rajon Rondo. FALL 2014 DEPAUW MAGAZINE 19

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