Rivers, Stevens Spoke Before Taking Jobs
Before former Butler coach Brad Stevens took Doc Rivers’ old Boston Celtics job, he took his advice.
The phone call made last month was a favor to a friend of Rivers, a general manager in the NBA who wanted to gauge Stevens’ interest in leaving the college game to join the team that Rivers, in an interview with USA TODAY Sports, decided not to name.
Their situations were different but very much the same too – two men contemplating the idea of leaving successful programs behind in exchange for a new challenge. So they talked about the pros and cons of dramatic change, then hung up and went their separate ways.