WALTHAM, Mass. - Not sure which was the bigger surprise; Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown describing Brad Stevens’ pedagogy as being “dope,” or Stevens referring to it as being . . . dope!
For those who don’t know what pedagogy means (and haven’t Googled it by the time you get to this sentence), it means the method and practice by which someone teaches.
When asked to describe his pedagogy which Brown referred to as “dope,” Stevens’ initial response was that his pedagogy was...“dope.”
“That was the ultimate set-up,” said a grinning Stevens.
Stevens soon elaborated by explaining his teaching philosophy.
“I look at coaching like being a teacher at any school,” Stevens said. “And that is you create a curriculum, you create a progression of teaching. We do a lot of whole-part-whole where we throw a lot at them and break it down, then try to get better at it. But ultimately, it’s about bringing each individual up to speed on what they do best. And everybody needs to be taught a little bit differently, everybody learns a little bit differently; and kind of balancing all that.
Stevens added, “So that’s why it’s dope!”