> In so many ways, Stevens is a vessel for the evolution of the NBA coach. Partnerships over power trips, analytics over the cult of personality, a conduit over a conductor. To reach consecutive NCAA championship games at Butler was an historic accomplishment, but magic March runs don’t exist in the NBA – just the dreadful, daily death march that comes with the transition from contender to lottery loser and back again.
Most early opinions seem to say that Stevens is going to be a success at the NBA level. I really hope they are right[^fn1].
[^fn1]: And not just because I don’t want him to end up at Duke.