This offseason, the Boston Celtics have been thrown for a loop when it got here out that Ime Udoka had damaged the group’s code of conduct. He had a relationship with a fellow employees member, and in flip, the staff suspended him for your complete season.
However, as soon as the suspension grew to become clear, the selection to be the brand new head coach was clear. According to Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe, Celtics GM Brad Stevens was extraordinarily assured in Joe Mazzulla’s capability to take over.
“But during those talks, the one part that was never in question was who would step in if it wasn’t going to be Ime,” Celtics co-proprietor Wyc Grousbeck mentioned through Himmelsbach. “[Stevens] put his mark on that when he said, ‘I stand by this recommendation, and feel extremely strongly about Joe.’”
Mazzulla first joined the group in 2016 as an assistant with the Maine Red Claws (now referred to as the Maine Celtics) after which re-joined in 2019 as an assistant coach beneath Brad Stevens. He was one of many solely items to stay in place when Ime Udoka took over as head coach.
Lessons Learned From Past Coaches
At simply 34 years outdated, Mazzulla is the youngest head coach within the NBA. Will Hardy, who was an assistant with the Celtics alongside Mazzulla final yr, is the second-youngest and was Udoka’s high assistant.
For Sports Illustrated’s Daily Cover, Chris Mannix wrote about Mazzulla’s journey. The head coach mentioned that he’s taken classes from each Stevens and Udoka.
“This team has been coached by two great coaches. One [Stevens] was technical and very deliberate, another [Udoka] had great feel, [offered] player empowerment and so I got to see both. I think the team is going to need a version of everybody. And I think based on how the short term goes, you decide what a team needs in that moment.”
Mazzulla has an ideal group of gamers main the way in which, as he took over a staff that was two wins away from an NBA Championship the yr prior.
Important to Learn on the Go
While Mazzulla might have taken lots away from the time he spent beneath Sevens and Udoka, he additionally understands that he can’t predetermine his teaching fashion and selections.
“To predetermine how you’re going to coach your team throughout a season, I don’t think is the right way to go about it because you never know what you’re going to go through, whether it’s good or bad,” Mazzulla mentioned.
Just 4 video games into his first season because the staff’s interim head coach, Mazzulla is 3-1 and has the Celtics enjoying nice on the offensive facet of the ball. They maintain the third-finest offensive ranking within the NBA (118.3).
That being mentioned, they’ve struggled on the defensive facet of the ball (twenty fifth in defensive ranking at 117.0) and are recent off of a troublesome loss to the Chicago Bulls.
It’s set to be Mazzulla’s first actual adversity throughout his brief tenure as Boston’s head coach, however with Stevens’ confidence, the teachings he’s discovered, and his adaptive perspective, he appears prepared for the problem.