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Joe Freaking Mazulla has a new job in the NBA

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There are some names that will put a bad taste in the mouths of Kentucky fans. The salivary glands produce a bitter disgust when the names of Christian Laettner, Chris Doering and Luke Maye are uttered. Near the top of that list is Joe Mazulla.

Bob Huggins’ starting point guard for West Virginia in 2009-10, Mazulla averaged just 2.7 points and 2.4 assists per game as a junior. At his best, he was a solid role player…until the 2010 East Regional Final.

Going toe-to-toe with John Wall and Eric Bledsoe in the 1-3-1 zone, Mazulla made 5-of-11 shots to score a career-high 17 points and lead the Mountaineers to the Final Four. Ending Wall, Bledsoe, Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins’ UK careers was so unforgivable, a Kentucky victory over West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament the following year to end Mazulla’s career could not even provide adequate vengeance.

Fast forward almost ten years later and Mazulla is an NBA assistant coach. The Boston Celtics hired Mazulla after two successful seasons at Fairmont State. As the Falcons’ head coach, he went 43-17 and reached the NCAA Division II tournament this past season. He previously worked for the Celtics’ G-League staff.

Joe Freaking Mazulla. That guy. Is there any one player who puts a more disgusting taste in your mouth?


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for Joe Freaking Mazulla has a new job in the NBA

  1. Underdog
    9:59 pm June 24, 2019 Permalink

    Hate that guy still.

    Totally unjust, what happened.

    If he didn’t play out of his mind, we hang the banner.

  2. bhoop33
    10:50 pm June 24, 2019 Permalink

    Maybe the most infuriating part of that game for me is the fact that West Virginia was scoreless from 2 pt range in the entire 1st half. That team was 193rd in the country in 3pt shooting and 120th in free throw percentage. In that first half, they shot 53% from 3 and 80% at the line. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a weirder half of basketball.

  3. sportsbird66
    11:17 pm June 24, 2019 Permalink

    And we had a stretch where we missed something like 17 3’s in a row instead of just pounding the ball inside the paint.

  4. CatBlue in LR
    11:26 am June 25, 2019 Permalink

    Laetner, the Crispin brothers, John Kuester (something like 15 for 15 from the line for UNC in the ’77 East Region Final). Dave Meyers and Richard Washington in ’75. Who else? Who was that bald-headed enforcer from Georgetown who killed us in ’84? What was the guy’s name from Ohio State who hit the last-second shot in the ’68 Midwest Region Final? Jerry something?