Former Boston Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins, a starter on the 2007-08 NBA Championship squad and a current ESPN analyst, called this past September’s Ime Udoka suspension episode a ‘soap opera’ in a recent tweet.
The message ultimately was a pro-Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown one, but in the process, he called out Udoka and everyone involved with the process which resulted in the head coach’s possible banishment from the NBA.
“It’s pretty much understood that in order for the Cs to survive the Coach Udoka soap opera, it’s up to the 2 J’s to hold it down,” Perkins wrote. “From the look of things tonight, they might have the situation under control! Carry on…”
The Boston Celtics won on opening night against the Philadelphia 76ers 126-117, and in the process, Tatum and Brown made history for being the third duo to score 35 points apiece on opening night.
The Boston Celtics could make the case for Joe Mazzulla to have interim label removed
It’s early. As in one game has been played. But based off the four preseason games in which the guys currently on the roster were playing and an opening night victory over a team many projected to finish ahead of them, the Boston Celtics are making the case for Joe Mazzulla to have his ‘interim’ label removed.
Without Robert Williams III, the Cs were able to muck things up for Joel Embiid on October 18, where he turned the ball over 6 times. Mazzulla’s Celtics went small and succeeded against the Sixers, relying on natural power forwards Noah Vonleh and Blake Griffin to get by when he turned to the bench.
The lack of a defensive drop-off in Boston indicates that Ime Udoka’s principles didn’t fade to the background, and the dominance of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown shows that Mazzulla’s influence isn’t being ignored.
Mazzulla could be the right man for the Celtics head coaching role, even if he got it in the most unforeseen circumstances.