Joe Mazzulla inherited Ime Udoka’s assistants when he turned head coach. Now lots of them are following their previous boss.
When Boston suspended Udoka for the season, the group elevated Mazzulla, a holdover from former coach Brad Stevens’ workers, to the pinnacle job. That left the workforce with a bunch of assistants who reportedly “thought of Udoka an in depth buddy and joined the workers particularly to work for him.”
Now three of these assistant coaches are following Udoka to Houston after the Rockets hired Udoka as head coach in April. Two others are receiving curiosity from different groups, suggesting Mazzulla is able to put his personal assistants in place. Considered one of them has already joined up: three-time NBA champion Sam Cassell.
Cassell was an assistant coach for 5 years in Washington, then spent the final 9 years as a member of Doc Rivers’ workers, first with the Clippers after which in Philadelphia. He is prone to fill Damon Stoudamire’s previous function as Mazzulla’s right-hand man.
Not solely did Mazzulla inherit Udoka’s previous assistants final 12 months, however he was quick three coaches by the playoffs. Former lead assistant Will Hardy took the Jazz head-coaching job. Mazzulla’s previous job wasn’t changed when he acquired promoted, and Stoudamire left to take the Georgia Tech head job in March.
Stevens instructed reporters that the workforce tried to switch Stoudamire, however the timing was tough.
Now Mazzulla is getting his personal workers. Cassell is a good begin. The one draw back? Opposing gamers cannot resist doing Cassell’s signature dance to him after they hit massive photographs.