Joe Mazzulla Makes History, Leads Boston Celtics to NBA Championship Title

Joe Mazzulla Makes History, Leads Boston Celtics to NBA Championship Title

Babajide Orevba
June 18, 2024 at 8:29 AM
  • Joe Mazzulla has led the Boston Celtics to an NBA championship title in just his second year with the most successful franchise in history
  • He did not credit himself alone and has acknowledged the role of his players and other coaches who were there before his arrival in 2022
  • The 35-year-old has become the youngest coach to win the prestigious NBA title for the Celtics since Bill Russell's success back in 1969

Boston Celtics head coach, Joe Mazzulla, has made history after leading the pro basketball team to the NBA championship title on Monday night.

Celtics produced a fascinating performance, defeating an impressive Dallas Mavericks side to emerge as champions of the Eastern Conference.

Mazzulla is just in his second year with the franchise, and he has already captured his first ring after just five NBA Finals matches.

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Joe Mazulla has made history with Boston Celtics after leading them to the NBA Championship title on June 17, 2024. Photo credit: Elsa.
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On a historic night, the manager credited his players for the achievement, applauding the franchise’s players and coaches who came before him.

According to Mazzulla, their contributions would not go unnoticed, as he believes his team is enjoying the groundwork that has been laid.

He has also become the youngest coach to win the title with the Celtics since Bill Russell in 1969.

Wboy reported that Russell won the title as a player-coach after seven games that season. Mazzulla said on ESPN's SportsCenter, via WTRF:

"I feel like it’s going to be like that for the rest of my career, as it should be. Just having an understanding that praise and criticism are both just as dangerous if you don’t handle them well.
"It’s Boston. You wouldn’t want it any other way. And I think the ownership and the responsibility to give back to the franchise and back to the city, that’s just part of it. But, you need it. You need that. You need criticism. You need praise.
"It’s a blessing. It’s a blessing. I don’t deserve it, but because of grace, I’m here."

When Pep Guardiola visited Boston Celtics

Sports Brief earlier reported that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was at TD Gardens to watch some of the finals between the Celtics and the Mavs.

The football manager was seen in a deep discussion with Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla and some fans have claimed he was coaching the basketball instructor.

In February, the Celtics coach admitted that he had studied the three-time UEFA Champions League winning manager, labelling him the greatest of all sports.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.