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More on Brad Stevens and the origins of his 'calm' reputation

Posted by Baxter Holmes, Globe Staff  November 8, 2013 11:26 AM

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For Friday's Globe, I wrote a feature about Celtics coach Brad Stevens and his measured demeanor, which has often received a lot of attention because, at times, he can seem rather emotionless.

Look no further than how Stevens reacts at the end of this game to see what I'm talking about.

However, Stevens said in a recent interview that this reputation is a misconception.

"The whole ‘calmness thing’ is way overblown,” he told me.

In the story, I detail why he acts the way that he does, so check it out for more on that.

However, as with any story, there are always details that are left on the cutting room floor.

Here are some of them:

From the start, Stevens has always presented a measured demeanor.

"I’ve never seen him lose it,” said Mark Stevens, his father.

And as a high school player, Stevens acted the same.

“I don’t remember Brad Stevens ever being anxious during a game,” said Phil Isenbarger, an assistant coach at Zionsville Community High School in Indiana when Stevens played there.

Indeed, Stevens seemed to follow the first two lines of the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling, which Stevens’ mother, Jan, introduced to him at a young age: “If you can keep your head when all about you/Are losing theirs and blaming it on you…”

During games, Stevens said it's not always easy for him to stay composed. He said he has improved, but he doesn’t consider himself a "Zen Master" like former NBA coach Phil Jackson.

On the court, though, the Celtics say his actions -- or lack thereof -- create a positive reaction.

“When he’s not panicked," Avery Bradley said, "everybody else feels comfortable."

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