BOSTON — When it comes to professional sports teams in Boston, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens feels a connection to all of them. 

That’s why the decision by the Boston Red Sox and Alex Cora to part ways, while understandable by Stevens, doesn’t make it any easier for him to embrace. 

Stevens said he read the reports linking Cora to being one of the ringleaders in the stealing of signs by the Houston Astros during his time on the Astros bench, so the announcement that Cora would no longer be the Red Sox manager was not a surprise.  

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“I read the report; obviously there was going to be fallout from the report,” Stevens said. “But I know Alex well, gotten to know him, we’re friends. I feel badly for him.”

Stevens added, “Obviously, there’s always consequences. It sounded like based on his statement and the Red Sox statement, they understood that. That doesn’t change how vibrant he is when he walks in a room, how much he raises the energy level of the room, how good he’s been to me.

"I was sad about the whole thing.”

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