Originally Posted by WVRed
Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think Stevens has ever had to deal with criticism at the college level. He's been successful at Butler and a media darling due to winning. Hard to tell how that will affect him when he starts losing.
Stevens is just somebody who will get the Celtics through at least two years of rebuilding. Once the nucleus is set, he will get a nice payday and head back to the college game, likely at either UK or Louisville.
That's definitely true so I'm speaking more hypothetically.
Media criticism in Indianapolis, even of a larger program like Indiana is probably muted compared to Boston where there are numerous media outlets and they're all looking for an edge somewhere/somehow. He'll undoubtedly face more scrutiny and have to "prove something" to the Boston press, whereas in Indianapolis, Butler either gets the benefit of the doubt, or is ignored if they're in a rare off year.
All that being said, I think it's more likely that the scenario you proposed will come true. That's likely the case no matter who they hired. The advantage of hiring Stevens, as opposed to say George Karl, is there's a lot less fuss if you fire him after two years.