Joe Mazzulla, interim head coach of the Boston Celtics, will serve as a coach for the next NBA All-Star game on February 19. Team Giannis, from the Eastern Conference, will have Mazzulla as their coach.
Boston Celtics interim head coach Joe Mazzulla and his staff will coach Team Giannis in the 2023 NBA All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/LHA4cWjzqT
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 31, 2023
Following Ime Udoka’s suspension for violating Celtics organization regulations, Mazzulla took over as head coach. During Mazzulla’s tenure as coach, the Celtics had amassed a 36-15 record, the best in the NBA.
Over the last decade, Mazzulla, who played guard at West Virginia from 2006 to 2011, has risen through the ranks of coaching.
After finishing his education at West Virginia, Mazzulla decided to become a coach. After working as an assistant coach at Glenville State and Fairmont State, the ex-Mountaineer was hired by Boston’s G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.
In 2017, Mazzulla returned to Fairmont State as head coach of the Fighting Falcons.
And now add NBA All-Star Game head coach to the phenomenal Joe Mazzulla story that should be a movie one day. https://t.co/vxdxCqnIxe
— Mike J. Asti (@MikeAsti11) January 31, 2023
One of Mazzulla’s most memorable moments as a West Virginia Mountaineer was his 17-point effort in the Elite Eight victory against Kentucky in 2010.
After Truck Bryant was injured, the Mountaineers advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 1959 because of the contributions of Mazzulla. A West Virginia legend, Mazzulla appeared in 145 games throughout his collegiate career.