Jay Larranaga won’t join Joe Mazzulla’s team


ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that the Celtics are asking permission to interview Larranaga.

Former Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, right, with assistant coach Jay Larranaga during a game in Boston, Wednesday, January 15, 2020. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

While interim head coach Joe Mazzulla considers the possibility of strengthening his team, a former Boston assistant will not return to the sidelines for the Celtics.

According to SI’s Chris Mannix, Jay Larranaga, who was briefly linked with a meeting with the Celtics earlier this week, will remain in his current assistant role with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The news came less than two days after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Celtics had asked the Clippers for permission to interview Larranaga.

Larranaga, 47, spent nine years as an assistant with the Celtics between 2012 and 2021. Two of those years were with Mazzulla, who joined Brad Stevens’ team in June 2019.

With the suspension of Ime Udoka and the offseason departure of top assistant Will Hardy to become the head coach of the Utah Jazz, the Celtics are missing their two most senior coaches from last year heading into the season.

At just 34 years old, Mazzulla is the NBA’s youngest head coach. His team currently consists of assistants Damon Stoudamire, Ben Sullivan, Tony Dobbins, Aaron Miles and DJ MacLeay, as well as special assistant to head coach Matt Reynolds.

Although the Celtics won’t be bringing Larranaga back, the possibility of bringing in another assistant apparently remains on the table. Mazzulla told reporters on Wednesday that the Celtics potentially want to add Larranaga to “the study [the organization’s] environment” to see what his players needed.

“It’s more about studying our environment and what we need to help our staff and thinking about what our players need? What do they know and what do they look for in our staff?” Mazzulla said on Wednesday , as transcribed by Athletic’s Jared Weiss.


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