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Brad Stevens: 'You feel pretty inadequate' after time with Bill Belichick

PLYMOUTH, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens considers himself fortunate to have spent time recently with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick -- even if it leaves him questioning his own coaching abilities in the aftermath.

"You feel pretty inadequate as a coach after you spend time with [Belichick]," said Stevens. "He knows what he’s doing."

Stevens will be one of the speakers at the third annual Bill Belichick Foundation Hall of Fame Huddle on Friday night at Boston's Seaport World Trade Center. For Stevens, it's another opportunity to be around a coach that has guided the Patriots to four Super Bowl titles.

"Bill asked me to [speak] a couple of weeks ago when they were starting their season, and obviously if you get an email from Bill in the middle of football season, or in the middle of football preparation, it’s a pretty unique email," Stevens said Wednesday at the Celtics' ninth annual Shamrock Foundation Teeing Up for Kids golf tournament. "We’re excited about not only supporting the cause but also spending time with Coach and a couple of his former players as well."

Stevens said he's gotten to spend a couple of days with Belichick over the past six months. Belichick also sat courtside at TD Garden during Boston's first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks in April. Stevens is fascinated by the way Belichick manages such a large collection of players.

"I’ve always enjoyed football. I think football’s really interesting [to coach]. It's really interesting for me to see how people coach the team because, when you start talking about having that many guys around, and you start seeing how it’s organized, you start seeing how the head coach can’t be in every meeting, the head coach can’t be in every drill, he can’t be in every huddle, and you have to have a great deal of trust and delegation in your staff," said Stevens. "And everybody moves at such an incredible tempo. It’s just a really well-organized machine. And you can see that any time you’re around the better football teams.

"I went over and watched Ohio State practice a couple of weeks ago, and kind of watched Urban Meyer take his team through that. I’ve always been a guy who just enjoys football and the way it’s organized. I don’t know anything about it. The Xs and Os couldn’t be more of a foreign language to me, but I really enjoy the tempo and the work and how people all get their stuff done so quickly. And everything in one direction."

Stevens has previously marveled at what the Patriots have accomplished under Belichick.

"He’s an unbelievable coach and he’s done an unbelievable job throughout his entire tenure," Stevens said in January. "I think he’s one of the guys that people across sports look up to. When you talk about people in basketball like that, you probably talk about the [Gregg] Popovichs of the world, he’s in that. Basketball people look at Belichick like people across other sports probably look at Pop.

Added Stevens: "I think it’s an incredible thing what [the Patriots have] accomplished over time."