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Mazzulla Joins Bill Russell In NBA History Books As Celtics Win Title

Nov 28, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla watches from the sideline as they take on the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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Joe Mazzulla joins Bill Russell in NBA history books as Celtics win title originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

By leading the Boston Celtics to an NBA-leading 18th championship, head coach Mazzulla etched his name into the league’s history books.

Mazzulla, 35, is the fifth-youngest head coach to win a championship since the BAA merged with the NBL to become the NBA in 1950. He is the youngest since the legendary Bill Russell, who won the title as a 34-year-old player-coach in 1968.

Mazzulla accomplished the feat in just his second season as a head coach. The Rhode Island native unexpectedly was called upon to replace Ime Udoka as Boston’s interim coach to start the 2022-23 campaign. On Feb. 16, 2023, he was officially hired as the 19th head coach in Celtics history.

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