Celtics’ Joe Mazzulla ‘Studying’ Premier League To Repeat

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Jun 9, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla reacts after a play against the Dallas Mavericks during the third quarter in game two of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Just days after leading the Boston Celtics to the NBA championship by defeating the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Finals on Monday, head coach Joe Mazzulla has set his sights on winning another title.

In an interview with ESPN’s Zach Lowe on The Lowe Post, Mazzulla revealed that securing a second consecutive championship is “all I’ve been thinking about” since the Celtics clinched the title.

Mazzulla wants to emulate the success of teams in other sports with track records of winning multiple championships as inspiration, explicitly citing Manchester City’s four straight Premier League.

“That’s what I’m studying right now,” Mazzulla said. “Last year it was about finding a shared mental model, now it’s like, OK, what’s our ecosystem gonna be under the circumstances of coming off of one, and how are we gonna attack this mentally as an organization going forward? You want to take on the expectations of that, but it can’t just be about that. So that four in a row in the Premier League, I’m studying the science, the emotion, everything that goes into that.”

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Earlier, Mazzulla credited Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who visited TD Garden early in the NBA Finals, for helping him develop a strategy to counter the Mavericks’ defense, which had proven quite successful in their journey to that stage by beating three teams with 50 or more regular-season wins in the Western Conference.

 “Dallas has one of the smartest defenses. We had to be creative,” Mazzulla said. “Pep helped me in transitions and how to move the guys.”

The Celtics finished the regular season with the league’s best record at 64-18 and lost only three games throughout the playoffs, securing their 18th championship in franchise history. With a core that includes Jayson Tatum and NBA Finals MVP Jaylen Brown, Boston is well-positioned to remain a top contender for years to come.

While Mazzulla is already planning for the future, the celebration for hanging the franchise’s 18th banner continues. The Celtics will hold a victory parade in Boston on Friday, allowing Mazzulla and his players to celebrate with fans who supported them along the way.

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The Celtics are well-positioned to win it again, considering they already have all their rotation players signed for the 2024-25 season. The team will need to secure Kristaps Porzingis long-term, particularly after his sacrifice to play through an injury requiring surgery in the offseason, followed by a multi-month recovery process.

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