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Celtics hire Joe Mazzulla as an assistant coach

Celtics hire Joe Mazzulla as an assistant coach

With long-time assistant Micah Shrewsberry headed to Purdue University to be their head coach, the Celtics hired Joe Mazzulla as an assistant, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Mazzulla played for West Virginia University from 2006-2011 and left an assistant coaching job at Fairmont State to become an assistant coach for the Maine Red Claws in 2016. He reportedly impressed the Celtics coaching staff enough to earn a spot on the staff.

He returned to Fairmont State two years ago to become their Head Coach, but will now enter the NBA coaching ring as a 30-year-old.

The Celtics' coaching staff will most likely have a different task in front of them than last year. With Kyrie Irving and Al Horford likely headed elsewhere this summer, Boston will enter the 2019-20 season as a young underdog team with a fraction of the expectations the team faced last year.

Still, with the amount of youth that will be featured on the court, having a younger coach on the staff could go a long way in rebuilding a healthy locker room. 

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The Enes Kanter Show: What makes Celtics fans, city of Boston unique?

The Enes Kanter Show: What makes Celtics fans, city of Boston unique?

Enes Kanter has played just six games for the Celtics, so the jury is still out on how he fits on the basketball court.

But the city of Boston already seems like a very good fit for the outspoken big man.

On the second episode of NBC Sports Boston's "The Enes Kanter Show," Kanter admitted to co-host Chris Forsberg he's already noticed a difference between Boston fans and the fans of other teams he's played for.

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"The one thing I love about Boston is, it's a very educational, very influential town," Kanter said.

"Whichever city I play for, people used to run at me and say, 'Good game last night, good double-double, good this, good that.' But now people are coming up to me and saying, 'Hey, I read your op-ed last night, it was amazing.'

"They're like, 'What you're doing is so brave, keep doing what you're doing.' And I'm like, 'Wow, they don't talk about just basketball. They talk about what's going on off the court too.' That really touched my heart, for sure."

Kanter has been an active critic of the Turkish government under president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and has written op-eds in both The Boston Globe and the Washington Post since coming to Boston this offseason.

The 27-year-old also has met with several local politicians, including Massachusetts senator Ed Markey, to help him exercise his right to free speech in the face of pressure from Erdoğan.

Kanter's activism hasn't gone unnoticed in Boston, where fans are as liable to compliment him for his off-court work as they are for him helping the Celtics win.

Check out the full episode above or in the YouTube player below.

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The Enes Kanter Show: Friendship with Gordon Hayward, Celtics' leadership dynamic

The Enes Kanter Show: Friendship with Gordon Hayward, Celtics' leadership dynamic

In the second episode of "The Enes Kanter Show," Chris Forsberg and Enes Kanter discuss the Celtics' west coast trip and his friendship with Gordon Hayward and get a guest appearance from Tacko Fall, who calls into the show from Maine.

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2:23 - Enes talks about navigating his busy life and using his platform for good

5:25 - What's Kanter's favorite city to play in on the road?

7:15 - First impressions of Boston

10:54 - Why playing for a winning team was so important to him and Kemba Walker

12:27 - His friendship with Gordon Hayward

13:45 - Enes explains why he hated facing Marcus Smart and the type of player that he is

14:53 - The leadership dynamic of the team this season

15:30 - Does Enes want to prove everyone wrong about his defense?

20:30 - Enes calls friend and teammate Tacko Fall to discuss Maine, the cold weather, getting a haircut from Enes and how he's handling the spotlight

You can also watch the entire episode on YouTube:

 

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