Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens gestures during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
Brad Stevens has made quite the leap _ from coaching college basketball to coaching in the NBA All-Star game.
With his Boston Celtics in second place in the Eastern Conference, the fourth-year coach will lead the East All-Stars in New Orleans this weekend.
It’s been quite a ride for Stevens, who rocketed from virtual anonymity to the coaching A-list by leading Butler to consecutive NCAA championship games in 2010 and ’11.
The path from college ball to the All-Star game is a lightly traveled one. Here’s a list of some coaches who have followed it:
“Pop” has coached in four All-Star games, including last year, and has led the San Antonio Spurs to five NBA championships. Before his run of pro success, he coached small-college ball at Pomona-Pitzer from 1979-88 _ with the exception of the 1986-87 season when he served as a volunteer assistant to Larry Brown at Kansas.
The coaching nomad led the West All-Stars in 1977, when he was with the Denver Nuggets, and the East team in 2001, when he was with Philadelphia. In between he took Kansas to the 1988 national championship with the “Danny and the Miracles” team.
Hill coached the East in 1995 during his initial, four-season run with Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway and the Orlando Magic. But he also spent eight seasons at Lehigh before joining Penn State’s staff in 1983.
Jones is best known for winning 11 of his dozen NBA championships with the Boston Celtics _ as either a player, assistant or head coach _ and he coached in five All-Star games, including four in a row from 1984-87. He got his head coaching start at Division III Brandeis, where he spent three seasons from 1967-70.
The affable Layden coached his only All-Star game in 1984. He led Niagara, his alma mater, to its first NCAA Tournament in 1970 during his eight-year stint at the school.
MacLeod coached three NBA teams from 1973-91, and his lone All-Star coaching appearance came in 1981. Before he jumped to the pros, he spent six seasons at Oklahoma, going 90-69.
Schaus coached in five All-Star games from 1962-67 while with the Los Angeles Lakers. His situation was unique: His star player was the same in both college and the NBA – Jerry West. West was drafted by the Lakers after the Mountaineers reached the 1959 national title game, and Schaus joined him in LA one year later.
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