The Boston Celtics will really have their work cut out for them in the upcoming 2022-23 season.
They are of course the reigning Eastern Conference champions and are attempting to build upon their success and return to – and win – the NBA Finals.
But they are also dealing with a massive shakeup inside the organization.
Just last week, head coach Ime Udoka was suspended for a whole year amidst a relationship scandal that could permanently cost him his job.
For the upcoming year, assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will be running the team.
The Celtics are seeking permission to talk to Clippers assistant Jay Larranaga about joining interim coach Joe Mazzulla’s staff this season, sources tell ESPN. Larranaga spent nine seasons with Celtics before joining the Clippers in 2021.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 28, 2022
Now the front office is attempting to provide him with a strong, capable staff that is ready to help him and his squad find success.
The Celtics are seeking permission from the Los Angeles Clippers to talk with their assistant Jay Larranaga.
Larranaga spent nine seasons with the Celtics before he joined the Clippers just a year ago in 2021.
Mazzulla is a talented assistant coach but he will need a lot of help in order for the Celtics to reach the Finals again.
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Mazzulla has never had a job like this one and the challenges ahead are going to be intense.
The ultimate goal, of course, would be to win the entire season.
That’s a tough task for any coach but especially one who is experiencing his first year on the job.
In fact, Udoka was celebrated as one of the few first-year coaches to lead his team to the Finals.
Will Mazzulla be able to do the same?
The team certainly has a slew of wonderful talent but the coaching staff will also need to be fully fleshed out and ready to go when the season tips off next month.