The Boston Celtics are already trying to make their team better for the 2023-2024 season.
After a disappointing end to a season that had high hopes from the beginning, the Celtics are already proving that they want to get back to the Finals as soon as possible.
No, I’m not talking about adding a veteran point guard or a young big man that can help. I’m talking about within the coaching staff!
What was one of the biggest criticisms throughout the regular season? Joe Mazzulla. Whether it was his lack of using timeouts or inexperience in general, a lot of fans had things to say about the first year head coach. But now, he has some experience on his bench heading into next season.
2008 Celtics champion and long-time assistant coach Sam Cassell has agreed to jump onto Joe Mazzulla’s staff come next season. The move comes after the Philadelphia 76ers fired head coach Doc Rivers, and hired Nick Nurse.
Boston Celtics getting a former player/champion in Sam Cassell
What this Celtics team can use is a voice on the bench that has embraced the Celtics culture. Someone that truly knows the ins and outs of playing for this historic organization! Sam Cassell fits this mold.
Don’t forget, the former Celtics point guard was brought in at the trade deadline to give that 2008 championship team some veteran leadership. He was there for a short period of time, but it felt like he had been a Celtic forever.
Obviously, we know how that 2008 team panned out. They went through it all and came out as champions. Cassell had won championships before with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995. So safe to say, this former point guard is a flat out winner.
Boston Celtics getting an experienced assistant coach in Cassell
Besides being a former player, the 53 year old Cassell has put in his time as an assistant coach in the NBA.
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As soon as he was done with the Celtics in 2009, he jumped on the Washington Wizards staff as an assistant.
He then spent time with the Los Angeles Clippers from 2014-2020 and has spent the last several seasons in Philadelphia, with the 76ers.
So Sam Cassell has seen his fair share of good teams, bad teams, star players, and different playoff situations. That’s valuable for the Celtics going into Mazzulla’s second season as head coach!
What Sam Cassell brings to the Celtics bench
This is a terrific first move for the Boston Celtics in order to try to bolster up the coaching staff.
With several assistants seemingly heading to Houston to coach under Ime Udoka, it was important that the first assistant coach hire was a good one. To get an experienced assistant along with a former player all in one guy, that’s a great start.
But you need to add more coaches. Stephen Silas is another name to watch out for in the coming weeks/months. I’m sure there will be other names we see that will add value to this Celtics team.
But so far, so good for this off-season!