Joe Mazzulla’s film taste a key part of Banner 18 for Boston Celtics

The power of cinema can be seen with Joe Mazzulla and the Boston Celtics
The power of cinema can be seen with Joe Mazzulla and the Boston Celtics / Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

When Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla first mentioned his love for the film, “The Town” people laughed at the idea and questioned his overall focus. At one point, Mazzulla even said he was watching it two or three times a week, which raised even more questions.

Flash forward one year later and Mazzulla is shedding light on a new film that helped spark the Celtics this season, especially star forward Jayson Tatum.

Mazzulla appeared on Barstool Sports Pardon My Take podcast and spoke about the film, “The Dark Knight.” As a film enthusiast myself, I think this is awesome from Mazzulla and highlights the importance of movies and their impact on the Celtics 18th title.

My favorite part of Mazzulla talking about the film is how one specific scene helped unlock something with Tatum. Mazzulla spoke about a scene where Batman sits down with the Joker and he is trying to find out why the Joker wants to kill him. Ultimately, Joker does not want to kill him because he needs him, which resonates for Mazzulla and Tatum.

Joe Mazzulla's unique approach helped lead Boston Celtics to first title since 2008

I think Mazzulla’s use of films is fascinating and it highlights the different approaches that can be used to build champions. Phil Jackson had zen, Pat Riley had scare tactics, and now Mazzulla has movies. It’s another example of how the Cs got it right with Mazzulla and he is the right guy to lead this squad.

The proof is in the pudding with this Celtics team as they bought into what Mazzulla was preaching. It’s remarkable how in short order, Mazzulla was able to take over the reigns from Ime Udoka and coach the Cs to their 18th title

Everyone has their ways of fostering greatness and it seems like Mazzulla has found the right way for him and the Celtics.