Danny Ainge believes Joe Mazzulla can be a legendary coach
Former Celtics exec and current GM of the Utah Jazz, Danny Ainge, who also played for the Celtics in the 80s, has high hopes for Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla, per The Athletic.
Following an extremely questionable play call at the end of the Jazz/Celtics game, many fans are beginning to doubt Mazzulla's coaching ability. There have been several games in the past few weeks where the Celtics have ran the same dribble handoff play for Tatum at the end of a game, and it has seen very mixed results.
Additionally, Mazzulla's decision to sit Derrick White during the entire 4th quarter is undoubtedly a head-scratcher. Despite all of this, Danny Ainge is confident that Mazzulla can be an all-time great coach for the Celtics.
According to The Athletic's Jay King, Danny Ainge thinks very highly of Coach Mazzulla:
“I just always liked Joe’s work ethic, his focus, his intelligence,” Ainge said. “I feel like Joe is one of those guys — one way that I’ve always measured greatness is how much a person can learn from mistakes they make. Joe’s going to learn from his mistakes, just like Will Hardy learns from his mistakes quickly. … The coaches that learn and move on, they become the legendary coaches. And I think both Joe and Will have a chance to be those.”
The fact that Danny Ainge has such high expectations for Coach Mazzulla should help stop fans from overreacting to his mistakes.
Sure, there have been some considerable mishaps, but Mazzulla is only 34, and according to Danny Ainge, he has all of the traits to potentially be one of the greatest coaches of all time.