Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla shared insights into his friendship with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, highlighting the mutual influence they have on each other’s professional journeys.

Mazzulla and Guardiola have forged a strong bond characterized by mutual respect and a shared commitment to excellence.

As Guardiola visits Boston to witness the Celtics’ NBA Finals matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, Mazzulla expressed gratitude for their relationship.

Reflecting on Guardiola’s qualities, Mazzulla emphasized the coach’s humility, work ethic, and intensity, which have left a profound impact on him.

Mazzulla acknowledged the reciprocal nature of their relationship, asserting that they both contribute to each other’s growth and development.

Guardiola’s presence in Boston serves as a testament to the cross-pollination of ideas and strategies between different sporting disciplines.

“He’s a great person. He’s a great coach. Just humility, joy, work ethic, intensity that he brings and we’ve grown to have a great relationship. So I’m very grateful for him and I’d like to think that we make each other better,” Mazzulla said about Guardiola, via Jared Weiss.

Amidst the intensity of the NBA Finals, Mazzulla finds solace and inspiration in the camaraderie shared with Guardiola.