Jayson Tatum Reveals Biggest Difference Between Brad Stevens, Mike Krzyzewski

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Jayson Tatum had the privilege of spending one season under one of the greatest basketball coaches in history.

And then he went to the NBA.

The 20-year-old star spent one season at Duke under legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski before heading the professional ranks and being tutored by another brilliant basketball mind: Brad Stevens.

The Boston Celtics head coach has skyrocketed up the ranks of the NBA’s most-respected coaches, despite not getting the respect from his peers that he deserves.

After spending a year under both Coach K and Stevens, the Celtics star rookie noted leaders and one noticeable difference.

“They are both very, very good coaches,” Tatum said, via Celtics.com. “Coach K is a lot more animated. He yells a lot more. Brad is a lot more reserved and laid back. But I think the thing about both of them is how they connect with their players. Brad being so young and Coach K being so old and being able to connect with 18-year-olds and that’s why a lot of kids go to Duke.”

Krzyzewski certainly has been known to send his suit jacket a few rows into the crowd when the Blue Devils aren’t playing the hard-nosed defense that Coach K demands of his players. But his fire and intensity have helped Duke capture five national championships so far and the Blue Devils will be among the favorites to cut down the nets in 2019.

Stevens, at age 40, is a basketball genius who has gotten the most out of every player who has come through 100 Legends Way in the last five seasons, including guiding a young C’s squad to within a game of the NBA Finals, eventually falling 87-79 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Celtics head coach also is thought by some to be a perfect successor to Krzyzewski. While we’re sure those at Cameron Indoor Stadium love the thought of a seamless transition between the two, Stevens is focused on a bright future in Boston and what should be a successful career in the NBA.

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