Since the Boston Celtics were officially eliminated from postseason contention following their forced ouster by the Miami Heat, the subject of Joe Mazzulla's job security has seemingly been a hot talking point. The first-year head coach showed signs of struggle throughout his inaugural season in Beantown, and both fans and media pundits alike put them on blast during the club's recent playoff run.
However, though no official word has been made regarding his future with the organization, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reported on the morning of July 1 that, from what he's been hearing, Joe Mazzulla's job seems to be safe for the time being.
“Not a huge surprise, but everything I’ve heard the last few days points to Joe Mazzulla being back with the Celtics next year,” Himmelsbach said of Joe Mazzulla.
President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens also chimed in on Mazzulla's status with the organization, as he essentially confirmed that he would remain with the team heading into the 2023-24 campaign.
Brad Stevens on whether Joe Mazzulla is the best head coach for the team moving forward: “Yeah I think he is.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) June 1, 2023
However, though it seems that stability is expected to remain present at the head coaching position, Joe Mazzulla's staff is rumored to be heading toward a major overhaul, as Jay King and Jared Weiss of The Athletic report that many of his assistants could be poached by the club's former headman Ime Udoka, who now runs the show on the sidelines with the Houston Rockets.
“Then there is the coaching staff, which is widely expected to add a veteran with head coaching experience at the very least. Some of Udoka’s hires, such as Ben Sullivan and Miles, will likely be recruited by Udoka and the Houston Rockets, but sources told The Athletic it’s too early in the process to know what will happen,” King and Weiss reported.
Despite his up-and-down inaugural season leading the charge for the Celtics, Joe Mazzulla still managed to help guide the club to their fifth Eastern Conference Finals appearance in seven seasons and came within just one win of advancing to their second straight NBA Finals before ultimately being bounced by the Heat in a do-or-die Game 7.