Malcolm Brogdon’s coaching rotation experience could help Celtics


Malcolm Brogdon faced a similar, but less outrageous, coaching situation in Indiana.

First, Brad Stevens moved to a front office position. Then, Ime Udoka was suspended for a year due to multiple team violations. Now, Joe Mazzulla, who leads the Celtics on an interim basis, is the franchise’s third head coach in three years.

As the team looks to move forward in preparation for the fast approaching 2022-23 season, they could benefit from the experience of newly acquired guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Brogdon, who was with the Indiana Pacers for three years, had a different head coach each season. He knows what it’s like to start over with a new person in charge like the Celtics are now.

“I was the leader in Indiana,” Brogdon said, according to The Athletic. “I was the guy that the guys relied on to be the vocal leader but also to lead by example and lead on the pitch as well. When there was turnover, I had to show that I was not really impacted on the court, especially. I was able to continue playing at a high level and continue to lead my team.

The difference is that the two Indiana coaches (Nate McMillan and Nate Bjorkgren) who were fired while Brogdon was there had performance issues.

Udoka was not suspended for the Celtics’ performance on the field. He took Boston to the NBA Finals last year in his first season. His suspension involves a more outrageous situation that hasn’t been fully explained to the players, according to several players who spoke at Celtics Media Day on Monday.

Still, there are lessons that can be learned from Brogdon’s experience. One is that the Celtics are focusing on themselves, rather than the circumstances surrounding Udoka’s suspension.

“Honestly, you’re not really taught that, but focus on yourself,” Brogdon said.. “Focus on your daily preparation and preparation. That’s how I went through all the coaches I had and learned all the new techniques. Keep an open mind, but make sure you’re mentally and physically prepared so your skills are sharp. It all starts with the work between the lines.


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