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?