Celtics don’t plan to add to coaching staff

With the promotion of Joe Mazzulla to the interim head coach of the Celtics following the Ime Udoka ScandalBoston still has a vacancy on its coaching staff.

The Celtics were rumored to be looking for an experienced coach — even one who might have been an NBA head coach before — to help with the massive transition Mazzulla is undertaking. There were also reports of the The Celtics were interested bringing Brad Stevens’ top assistant to Jay Larranaga, and reached out to the Los Angeles Clippers to talk to him.

But after Boston would have recorded with several coaches set to join the Celtics, according to the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach, they plan to keep Mazzulla’s staff as it is with the team’s regular season just days away from starting.

“A source said Thursday that the Celtics are confident in their current personnel and have decided to move forward without making any additions,” Himmelsbach wrote.

It won’t come as a surprise if Mazzulla, 34, relies heavily on his assistants, which include former NBA player Damon Stoudamire and Ben Sullivan, as he tries to guide a talented Celtics team aspiring to the championship. Mazzulla is the youngest coach in the NBA this season and while receiving great mentions of his players, he may already be showing his lack of experience.

Mazzulla will continue to show he has what it takes to succeed in his important new role with the Celtics having one preseason game remaining before facing the Philadelphia 76ers in the season opener at TD Garden. next Tuesday.

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