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Joe Mazzulla Named NBA All-Star Head Coach for Team Giannis



Joe Mazzulla

Boston Celtics interim head coach Joe Mazzulla was named a coach for the upcoming NBA All-Star game on Feb. 19. Mazzulla will represent the Eastern Conference, coaching Team Giannis.

Mazzulla took over the head coaching duties of the suspended Ime Udoka, who violated the Celtics’ organization rules. Mazzulla has led the Celtics to an NBA best 36-15 record.

Mazzulla, who played guard at West Virginia from 2006-11, has worked his way up the coaching ladder over the past decade. Mazzulla began pursing a coaching career following his graduation from West Virginia. Following coaching stints at Glenville State and Fairmont State, the former Mountaineer was hired as an assistant of the Maine Red Claws, Boston’s G-League team. Mazzulla went back to Fairmont State in 2017 to serve as the head coach of the Fighting Falcons.

During his WVU days, Mazzulla was most known for his 17-point performance in the 2010 Elite Eight against Kentucky. Mazzulla stepped in for an injured Truck Bryant, helping the Mountaineers reach their first Final Four since 1959. Mazzulla played 145 career games at West Virginia.

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