Stevens has said he’ll be willing to draw up a play if he’s asked but he’ll otherwise stay out of the players’ way during Sunday’s game. His most difficult task might simply be making sure Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is happy with his playing time in a reserve role.
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“When it gets time, I’m going to give him that look I try to give him when we’re on the bench in [TD] Garden,” Thomas joked to reporters at All-Star availability Saturday. “Hopefully, he gives me a few minutes to put on a show for the fans.”
Even when the idea of Stevens coaching the East stars seemed unlikely, Thomas said he wanted to get his coach to New Orleans — and for more than just the selfish reason of being able to lobby for more playing time. Thomas recognizes the significance of having Stevens and his staff in New Orleans.
“It’s very special. It says a lot about the direction our organization is going in,” Thomas said. “I’m just happy for that coaching staff because they deserve it and they work hard.”
Womens Brandon Mashinter Jersey Stevens has repeatedly noted that he would have gladly traded his trip if it could have meant sneaking another one of Boston’s players onto the All-Star roster. Near the end of his marathon 40-minute availability after arriving Friday, Stevens lamented, “I wish [Al Horford] was here. I think he deserves to be here.”
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