Celtics assistant coach Joe Mazzula is rumored to be Boston’s interim coach.
Mazzula joined the Celtics in 2019 and served as an assistant coach on Brad Stevens’ staff. Mazzula was one of the few assistant coaches to remain in Boston when Stevens became general manager and Udoka took over as head coach. According to Udoka, the players gave him “exciting reviews”.
“I love Joe,” Jayson Tatum said on NBC Sports. “I think the last time I was around him, I think this is the third year, maybe the second or third year, you can tell how passionate he is about his guys and his craft. And he’s become more knowledgeable and more detailed and more vocal and more comfortable in his coaching role. “You’ve seen his growth since the first year, and he’s helped me a lot as a player and as a person. So I can’t say enough good things about Joe and everyone appreciates what he brings to this team, and I’m glad we got him.”
In the year Mazula was the head coach of the Celtics’ summer league team in 2021, and Mazula was promoted to assistant coach earlier this summer when Will Hardy left to coach the Utah Jazz.
The Celtics open the season on Oct. 18 against the Sixers as the defending Eastern Conference champions.