Thursday, July 25, 2013
Layup Line: Pitino's advice for Stevens
Our occasional glance at Celtics offseason headlines from around the internet:
* Pitino on Stevens: 'You have to accept losing': ESPN.com's Andy Katz caught up with Rick Pitino at the White House on Tuesday and the former Celtics coach had some advice for the new Celtics coach:
Louisville coach Rick Pitino had this to say on Brad Stevens' departure from Butler to the NBA to coach the Boston Celtics and what he'll need to accept when I caught up with him at the White House on Tuesday: "I won 52 games and lost 30 with the Knicks, and losing 30 games was painful in one season. But I was an assistant first with the Knicks. The difference for college guys who weren't assistant coaches is you're going to lose a lot of games. You're going to win a lot of games, too, but you're going to lose more [in one year] than you've lost in five years of college. You have to accept losing and that's the most difficult thing."
* How DePauw helped mold Stevens: The Greencastle Banner Graphic catches up with Stevens about how his college shaped his coaching career. Come for the story on how Stevens wore No. 31 in honor of Reggie Miller, stay for the 1998 file photo from DePauw University:
Stevens grew up in Zionsville and his passion for the Hoosiers and college basketball has been well documented. His fandom of the NBA hasn't been covered with quite as much depth.
"When I was growing up, the NBA was in such a fun point in time to watch," he said. "When you're considering the Celtics, the Lakers (of the 1980s) ... When I got into high school, the Bulls run. Those were some of the more memorable NBA games that I've ever watched.
"On top of that, I was a huge Pacers fan. I wore 31 because I wanted to be like Reggie Miller, as a lot of kids did in the State of Indiana."
* Humphries on TV ... again: New Celtics forward Kris Humphries will make a non-reality TV appearance soon. From TV Guide:
NBA player Kris Humphries has signed on to guest-star on an upcoming episode of the Fox sophomore comedy [The Mindy Project], TVGuide.com has learned. Humphries, 28, will play himself, and joins previously announced guest stars James Franco and Happy Endings' Adam Pally. This will mark Humphries' first scripted series gig, and one of his first TV appearances since his time on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spin-off, Kourtney & Kim Take New York, when he was with [Kim] Kardashian.