Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens is committed to using the history and tradition surrounding the franchise to help his team in transition return to contender status.
Stevens mailed a letter to former Celtics players, expressing his admiration for the franchise and inviting them to attend games or practices.
Former guard Kenny Anderson revealed Tuesday that he received a letter from Stevens.
A sample of the letter was posted by Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com:
I am truly humbled and honored to assume the responsibilities of head coach of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics’ mystique, history, culture and tradition speaks for itself. There is nothing else like it in all of professional sports.
At the press conference announcing my hiring, I was in awe looking up at the 17 championship banners. I am first and foremost a fan and admirer of the Boston Celtics and what has been accomplished by each of you.
On behalf of the Boston Celtics management, staff and players, I write you to come around any time. Please know that you are cordially welcome to attend our practice sessions, home games at the TD Garden, games when we are on the road and Celtics events in our community.
I look forward to meeting you in the near future. Continued success and well wishes.
The 36-year-old Stevens, who led Butler to back-to-back national championship games in 2010 and 2011, was a surprise replacement at head coach after Doc Rivers left for Los Angeles.
Stevens has been tasked with a rebuilding project after Boston traded away Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry earlier this month.