Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla setting the bar high for Mayo

There’s been a lot of talk about how Jerod Mayo will fail because he doesn’t have any head coaching experience.

Well, there’s another local coach who’s now three wins from a championship that didn’t have any head coaching experience when he took over last season and look how it’s turned out. In fact, Mazzulla wasn’t even on the bench two years ago, he was a row behind Ime Udoka. Mazzulla was closer to Sully in the Pierce jersey with four beers in his hands than he was to being an NBA head coach.

Mazzulla is setting the coaching bar high for the other coaches around here, but Mayo in particular. As a young guy with plenty of doubters, Mayo can learn a lot from Mazzulla with the way he handles certain situations and most importantly, how he keeps a constant pulse on his team.

Mayo recently talked about the relationship he has with Mazzulla which goes back quite a while.

“It’s interesting. First of all, I root for all Boston teams. Second of all, I would say, I have known Joe [Mazzulla] before he was the head coach of the Celtics and that kind of happened in not a traditional way,” he said. “But at the same time, he was out here for two summers when he was just an assistant coach, so we’ve had that relationship and always stayed in contact. We talk ball, we talk about how to deal with the people. At the end of the day, it’s all about the people. He has been a great resource for me. Go Celtics!”

If Mazzulla and the Celtics are able to close the deal, that relationship could pay big dividends for Mayo. Being able to use a now championship-winning head coach outside the walls of Gillette Stadium with a completely different and successful view point on managing a locker room or any big egos would seemingly be a valuable resource.

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