MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Despite leading the Boston Celtics to a 57-25 record and a 2nd place finish in the Eastern Conference, former West Virginia point guard and current head coach of the Celtics, Joe Mazzulla, could shockingly be on the hot seat.
The Celtics are currently down 3 games to 2 games to the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern conference semifinals and according to reports, Mazzulla could be fired if the Celtics lose the series, despite receiving a contract extension during the season.
Jason Williams told Max Kellerman on KJM on ESPN that he believes Mazzulla has lost his players in the locker room and many people believe he is in over his head. In addition, Ben Maller from Fox Sports Radio reports that Mazzulla is “on thin ice” and his job could be in jeopardy if the Celtics can’t beat the 76ers in tonight’s Game 6 matchup, saying, “Mazzulla has no resume. The Celtics can’t waste these years with the young talent they have. He’s on thin ice.”
Although it seemed unthinkable a month ago, the NBA is a cutthroat business and Joe Mazzulla could realistically be fired if the Celtics don’t make it to the NBA Championship. If that’s the case, West Virginia University should do everything in its power to make him the next head coach of the Mountaineers when Bob Huggins retires.