Stevens rides in Connersville (Ind.) parade

July, 6, 2013
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A day after he was introduced as the 17th head coach of the Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens honored his obligation to a former player's family by riding in the Connersville (Ind.) bicentennial parade.

"I give the Celtics organization a lot of credit, when we talked on Wednesday morning, I said, 'There's some place I need to be on Saturday. I told them I would be there.' They said 'Hey, we love that,'" Stevens told reporters before the parade. "To be honest, that meant a lot to me, from their standpoint, that they would feel that way. That's a place that values team, that's a place that values culture, and they understand that, when you've got a person that you've done a ton of stuff with over time, and a family that has been so great to you, if you told them you're going to do something, you do it."

Here's more on Stevens' appearance from the Indy Star:
[Stevens] remembered beginning his Bulldogs tenure with a trip to the hometown of Matt Howard, and he effectively ended it in Connersville.

"It was the first place I drove when I got the Butler job," said Stevens, who was hired in April 2007. "I think we can all agree that was probably a pretty good decision -- the drive here to spend time with the Howards. They are just getting a new college coach at the time, and they treated me like I'd been doing it for 20 years."

The Celtics coach addressed the media, signed autographs and rode -- in the rain -- with top down in a yellow Mustang convertible along the parade route. Stan Howard, father of Matt, was the one who asked Stevens to participate in the festivities.

Stan Howard said Matt, his son, told him Stevens said: "Your dad has never asked me to do anything, so the least I can do is honor that commitment."

Stevens' appearance "says a lot about him," said Matt Howard, who tried to assure his former coach that it would be OK to skip this event.

Hop HERE to read more and see video of Stevens at the event.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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