Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Brad Stevens Wouldn't Vote for Himself for COY

Brad Stevens Wouldn't Vote for Himself for COY

While the balloting results sparked a social media outcry on Wednesday, Stevens played down the furore over his omission, preferring to look ahead to Sunday's Eastern Conference Finals match-up with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second straight year.

Rather than point out the talent disparity or the age gap between the two rosters - Spoiler: Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova were the main reason the Sixers had the older group - instead praise Stevens for having the more well-disciplined squad throughout the series. After all, his team is four wins away from the NBA Finals despite dealing with injuries to both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

To watch Boston play is to better understand why a younger Stevens guided Butler's men's basketball team to NCAA championship games in 2010 and 2011. There's no question that his accomplishments should be taken seriously and deserve praise.

And as far as the actual process?

Informed Stevens hadn't received a vote, former Celtics swingman Evan Turner tweeted, "That's insane. only in America!" The guy that should have won got it.

"I think a lot of our guys have been thrown into the fire".

"Granted, don't get me wrong, he's a solid coach".

Perhaps. But so do all those National Basketball Association coaches who delivered a heavyweight punch to the gut of common sense when they completely ignored Stevens for coach of the year.

"A good coach pretty much lets you do what you do best, kind of like the Celtics head coach, how he always lets the point guard just run and do what he does", Melo said. So while they may believe multiple coaches are worthy, there's only one option.

This is possibly the least surprising thing to hear from Stevens. Do coaches resent the positive attention Stevens gets, despite his relative lack of tenure? "He should have gotten a vote", Brown said when asked. Zero of the league's 29 other coaches voted for him.

"You're saying he didn't get a vote?" "I'm thrilled that Casey got recognized". He is the Coach of the Year.

"I think Brad is right in that mix as well".

But c'mon. Zero votes for Stevens?

"I think Danny has done a great job of rolling out athletes and drafting well". They're long and they're physical. "I was able to learn a lot from some great players - Tim [Duncan], Tony [Parker], Manu [Ginobili] and Boris [Diaw]".

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