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Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ former president of basketball operations, thinks Boston is better off with Joe Mazzulla as a coach.

“This team found joy. They were inconsistent, but they were rooting for each other. They were all defending Joe in the media,” Ainge told The Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy. 

“You see Joe’s toughness and stubbornness. He’s a relentless worker. He has a passion to learn. Joe is a leader, and I think this was a difficult situation with the high expectations the team had coming in. I don’t think there’s anybody there that doesn’t believe that Joe is better than Ime (Udoka) as a coach.”