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There is a special local rooting section for Brad Stevens, who is the latest successful college coach to make the adventurous leap to the NBA. His first Celtics training camp begins Tuesday.
Stevens was the central figure of the Coaches vs. Cancer Breakfast Thursday, which brought together the state’s Division 1 head coaches, and announced a three-game tournament Nov. 10 at TD Garden featuring Harvard, UMass, Holy Cross, Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern.
The assembled coaches were not only former adversaries of Stevens but will be close observers of how he fares with the Celtics. Many college coaches wonder how their philosophies would work on the highest level, and they are watching as Stevens enters his dream job in rebuilding the Celtics.