Brad Stevens Admits He Did a "Bad Job" Coaching Celtics This Year

BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS- JANUARY 02 Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at TD Garden

BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS- JANUARY 02 Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at TD Garden

"It's four other guys out there, it's 12, 13 other guys on the team, coaches and everything, so to just blame it on one guy is bulls--".

Yet even amongst the sheer domination that they have displayed, the Milwaukee Bucks are still getting the Rodney Dangerfield treatment from the national media, they just don't get no respect.

And with their devastating loss against the Milwaukee Bucks recently, those chances have considerably decreased.

The leadership of Kyrie Irving has been most people/media's answer to the question, but I believe the answer is much deeper than one guy (I would say that Marcus Smart and Al Horford were actually the leaders). Yet, he couldn't lead the Celtics deep into the postseason.

As Kyrie Irving played the starring role in the season-long Boston Celtics meltdown that concluded with Wednesday's series-ending loss in Game 5 to the Milwaukee Bucks, one teammate had his back.

Kyrie ain't the guy who told Rachel Nichols in FEBRUARY that the team was going to win the Finals.

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But I'm here to tell you that this embarrassment of a season and this thorough no-show against Milwaukee can not possibly be laid solely-or perhaps even primarily-at the feet of Kyrie Irving. I'm not trying to say make everyone happy, but at some point in time Jeanie Buss has to take a step back and say, 'Why is it everyone that knows anything about basketball, that's not associated with the Lakers, thinks that we're all a bunch of idiots?'

His take on Irving is a lot more candid. Boston is just going to out-talent them because when you look down the line if Kyrie Irving doesn't have a great game. "I think I've done - I did a bad job".

But when it came to facing criticism, Irving was brief with reporters. "I've been around more selfish guys, but when you add up those three - moody, immature and tough to coach - he doesn't have a leg to stand on".

"(The Bucks) are better than we are and they earned that", Stevens said.

This team, apart from a few stretches in the middle of the season, was utterly unwilling to put in the work required to justify their reputation.

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