Brad Stevens and Bill Belichick are on opposite ends of their coaching careers.
Stevens is only five years into his first professional coaching gig, considered one of the best young coaches in the league, and is still working on securing his first championship. Belichick, of course, has been around for twenty years, has brought five Super Bowls victories to New England during that time, and will go down as the architect behind the most dominant dynasty of the 21st century.
That's not where the differences end between the coaches. When asked about the Boston Red Sox and their World Series run, Stevens (who has expressed his admiration of this year's Red Sox team previously) was enthusiastic about the prospect of watching a fellow Boston team battle for a championship.
"I think it's all about the Red Sox and all that they've achieved this year and certainly in this run they're on. It's incredible. We're huge fans and we'll be watching closely. Luckily, we don't play each of the next two nights, so they'll be on every one of our TVs. We've had a blast watching them and we've used them as a great example for our team. Everything about them just screams champion, so I'm hopeful that they can get that done"
Belichick? Not so much.
"Yeah, those are working days for us" said Belichick when asked if he'd make the trip up to Fenway for Game 1 or 2 of the World Series. "That would be tough... It's a tough time of year for us. We got a big game, we're right in the middle of the season, we have a lot of things that we need to work on. I want to make sure I get my priorities right."
While 5-2, the Patriots have some obvious deficincies in their game that Belichick would like to fix, World Series or no. Don't anticipate seeing him in a Sox hat at Fenway anytime soon.
Boston teams have often supported each other in the media, especially during the playoffs, but for Belichick, it's business as usual.
Stevens, at least, let everyone know he'll be watching. Maybe he'll get a cameo at Fenway if the Celtics' schedule permits.
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