Wyc Grousbeck says he stopped Danny Ainge from hiring Joe Mazzulla


Wyc Grousbeck published Tuesday that Ainge sought after Mazzulla to sign up for former Celtics assistant Will Hardy’s group of workers in Utah.

Boston Celtics meantime head trainer Joe Mazzulla appears on ahead of a sport in opposition to the Philadelphia 76ers at TD Garden on October 18, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Danny Ainge employed then-Celtics assistant trainer Will Hardy to be the Utah Jazz’s head trainer in June as a part of the staff’s rebuild.

According to Celtics proprietor Wyc Grousbeck, Hardy used to be now not the one Celtics assistant that Ainge, the previous longtime Celtics president of basketball operations and present Jazz government, sought after in Utah.

Grousbeck instructed WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” on Tuesday that he stopped Ainge from bringing Joe Mazzulla, an assistant with Boston on the time, to sign up for Hardy’s group of workers.

“I prevented Danny from stealing [Mazzulla] this summer, because I told Danny I’d fly to Utah and personally strangle him if he did. You can quote that,” Grousbeck stated.

“You can take one person, an assistant, and make them a head coach, which they did with Will Hardy. Then they also wanted Mazzulla, and I was like, ‘That’s it, you’re crossing the line, and we’re not having it.’ And that was just when Joe was senior assistant with us, and now all of a sudden he’s interim head coach.”

Grousbeck’s insistence on retaining Mazzulla turns out to have paid off taking into consideration that, as he identified, Mazzulla is now the Celtics’ meantime head trainer.

Named to the placement within the wake of Ime Udoka’s yearlong suspension, the 34-year outdated Mazzulla’s earlier highest-level head-coaching revel in used to be at NCAA Division II Fairmont State, the place he used to be the pinnacle trainer for 2 seasons between 2017 and 2019.

Grousbeck said that any such drastic soar can be tough for any person, however expressed his self belief in Mazzulla.

“For being a small-sized guy, point guard, assistant but never a head coach in the NBA – now he’s interim head coach of the Celtics – it’s a big ask for a 34-year-old,” Grousbeck stated. “Except then you meet Joe Mazzulla and you’re like, ‘All right, this could really work.’ … We believe in him, and I think the players believe in him for sure.”

Mazzulla started his NBA head-coaching profession with a victory, as his Celtics took down the Philadelphia 76ers by means of a rating of 126-117 on Tuesday evening. Boston’s younger stars performed extraordinarily smartly in combination, as Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each and every scored 35 issues at the evening.

Mazzulla and the Celtics will glance to make it two instantly wins to start the season after they match-up in opposition to the Miami Heat at the highway on Friday evening.

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