Boston Celtics Coach Joe Mazzulla Discloses Pep Guardiola's Role in NBA Championship Triumph

Boston Celtics Coach Joe Mazzulla Discloses Pep Guardiola's Role in NBA Championship Triumph

Lukman Mumuni
updated at June 19, 2024 at 4:20 PM
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  • Boston Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla has paid tributes to Pep Guardiola after winning the NBA Championship
  • The Manchester City manager helped Mazzulla devise a strategy to beat an offensive Dallas Mavericks team
  • The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager was at the TD Gardens for Game 1 of the finals series

The Boston Celtics coach, Joe Mazzulla has disclosed how Pep Guardiola influenced his team's success in the 2024 NBA Championship finals.

The Eastern Conference top seed defeated the Dallas Mavericks 4-1 in the series to win their first championship in sixteen years.

Before game one, Celtics received a special visit from Manchester City manager Guardiola, who shared some tips with Mazzulla.

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Pep Guardiola and Joe Mazzulla leading Boston Celtics and Manchester City respectively. Photos: Maddie Meyer/ Michael Regan.
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“Dallas has one of the smartest defenses. We had to be creative to counter them. Pep helped me in transitions and how to move guys,” Mazzula said, as quoted by MSN.

The Boston Celtics dominated Game 5, beating the Dallas Mavericks 106 to 88 to round up victory in the series, as reported by the New York Times.

Mazzulla, 35, also became the youngest coach to win the NBA title since Bill Russel led the same franchise to victory in 1968 at the age of 34.

Meanwhile, Guardiola continued his dominance of English football after winning the Premier League for a fourth consecutive season, becoming the first manager to achieve that feat.

Guardiola also reached the final of the FA Cup last season, losing to rivals Manchester United, as reported by NBC News.

Joe Mazzulla makes history with Celtics

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla 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.

Guardiola watches Game 1 of NBA finals

Sports Brief also reported that Pep Guardiola watched Gamed One of the NBA finals between Boston Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks.

The Manchester City manager was in Boston to support his friend and coach of Celtics Joe Mazzulla.

His presence was a huge motivation as Boston Celtics strolled to victory in Game 1 and subsequently won the Championship 4-1.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.