The Celtics coach's faith comment isn’t that witty

Alexei Sorokin
3 min readJun 20, 2024

To each their own — if Mazzulla’s religion is important to him, then good for him. I like Brussels sprouts, for example — good for me. We’re free to reveal our preferences and lifestyles.

However, I think Mazzulla received more praise for his comment than it deserved. The episode in the press conference was this:

Question: “For the first time since 1975, this is the NBA finals where you have two Black head coaches,” the reporter said. “Given the plight, sometimes of Black head coaches in the NBA, do you think this is a significant moment?”

Mazulla’s reply: “I wonder how many of those have been Christian coaches”.

There is then silence, for ten seconds.

I saw several social media posts from different publications admiring how Mazzulla responded and left the press room speechless. He’s portrayed as the wise and humble hero, while the journalists are seen as fools. He identifies with Christ, not race.

At first, I liked Mazulla’s response. There is no doubt that the man is very composed. However, I revisited this episode several times and it didn’t sit well with me.



Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day.