Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla emphasized the significance of faith during a recent interview ahead of Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks.

Before Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Mazzulla responded to a question about being one of the first Black head coaches in the NBA Finals since 1975 by saying, “I wonder how many of those have been Christian coaches.”

Ahead of Game 3, Mazzulla, reflecting on his journey, described faith as his anchor and the most crucial aspect of his life.

“I think it’s the most important thing,” Mazzulla stated when asked about the role of faith in his life.

In response to a question about the importance of faith, Mazzulla highlighted its role in navigating life’s challenges and understanding a greater plan.

The Celtics coach expressed gratitude for the opportunity to impact others positively through the gifts he believes were given to him by God.

He elaborated, “The ability to handle ebbs and flows, the humility to understand that there’s a plan that’s much bigger than just who you are individually and have an impact on other people and then using the gifts that God has given you to try to impact those people.”

He acknowledged the challenges, saying, “It’s my anchor and it’s been the most important thing and I’ve enjoyed just the challenge of having to stick with that and even when it’s difficult at times.”

Mazzulla’s remarks shed light on the role of faith in guiding him through both triumphs and tribulations.

His comments come amidst the Celtics’ 2-0 lead over the Mavericks in the NBA Finals.