And almost anyone who knows him will say the same about Stevens, who was handed the keys to the Celtics' franchise this offseason.
Despite a 15-29 record, the initial reports have been good. Stevens has impressed folks with his innovation, basketball intelligence and ability to relate to people.
Boston is rebuilding, gutting its roster much like the Thunder did in its first two seasons under Presti's front office guidance.
And because of that, Adams has served as a perfect assistant, using some of his experiences with Presti in OKC as a guiding hand to what Stevens is going through now.
“Brad and I have a great dialogue along those lines, and I think he's doing very well,” Adams said.
Can Stevens resurrect the Celtics, a storied franchise in Presti's hometown? Only time will tell.
But consider Presti among those outsiders who believe the hire will turn out positive.
“(I'm) happy that he has this opportunity with the Celtics,” Presti said of his friend. “He has a tremendous dedication to the game and is constantly seeking ways to hone his craft. I am sure the Celtics will benefit from his approach.”
Just like the Thunder benefitted from Presti's.