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Boston Celtics Head Coach Relies on Faith After Losing in Conference Finals

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Boston Celtics Head Coach Relies on Faith After Losing in Conference Finals

By Movieguide® Contributor 

Boston Celtics head coach, Joe Mazzulla, gave some incredible insight into what his motivation has been throughout the playoffs.

When asked if there was something he was doing to keep himself from being consumed by the pressure of coming back after an 0-3 start, the young head coach gave the most shocking answer.  

In an Instagram post, Mazzulla told CBS Sports, “Honestly, I met three girls under the age of 21 with terminal cancer. I thought I was helping them by talking to them, but they were helping me. So having an understanding about what life is really all about and watching a girl dying and smiling and enjoying her life. That’s what it’s really all about and having that faith.”  

Mazzulla added that most people really only give God the glory when they win but he plans to give God the glory regardless.  

“You know the other thing is, you always hear people give glory to God and say thank you when they’re holding a trophy. But you never really hear in times like this (referring to being down 0-3 to the Miami Heat). And so, for me, it’s an opportunity to just sit right where I’m at and just be faithful. That’s what it’s about,” Mazzulla concluded.  

On Monday, the Celtics lost in game 7 of the Conference Finals to the Miami Heat.

Movieguide® recently reported on Joe Mazzulla:   

In an interview with Andscape.com, Mazzulla stated, “I know that for my wife and I and my family, we’re supposed to be here. For us, our faith is really important, and we felt like we followed God’s plan as to where He wanted us to be.” 

His talk about his faith was soon backed up in a post-game interview. Prince William and Kate Middleton attended a Celtics game and Mazzulla was asked if he had met the Royal Family.  

“Jesus, Mary and Joseph?” Mazzulla asked. “… I’m only familiar with one royal family.”  

Mazzulla had a rough time in college after being arrested twice in 2008 and 2009. However, despite his past, he didn’t dwell on that, instead he learned from it.   

“I’m not the same person that I was,” Mazzulla stated to CBS News. “As you grow as a person, you’re constantly having to build an identity. I didn’t have one at a certain point in my life for whatever reason. You have to find a foundation, and for me that’s my faith.”  

“How can I impact people positively around me? That is something that I have learned throughout my life,” he added.   

Mazzulla concluded, ““If you don’t have a compass, it’s very hard to direct yourself. You have to learn that on your own sometimes. My identity comes from my faith and my purpose. I got into coaching because I’ve had people pour into me, sacrifice for me, and I want to do that for my players.” 


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