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Joe Mazzulla Says He Watched Popular Movie With Jayson Tatum To Work On Handling Pressure

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Jayson Tatum and Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla did many things to prepare for the NBA Finals this year, including watching some movies.

Speaking to “Pardon My Take,” per Barstool Sports, Mazzulla revealed that he and Tatum sat down to enjoy a viewing of “The Dark Knight” together.

They used the film as a way to think about expectations and pressure and took note of one particular scene in which Batman and the Joker face off in an interrogation room.

In that scene, the Joker tells Batman that he didn’t want to kill him and actually felt completed by him.

According to Mazzula, this was proof that good and evil have to co-exist inside people in order to bring out the best in them.

Joe Mazzulla watched The Dark Knight with Jayson Tatum to work on handling expectations and pressure @PardonMyTake

— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 19, 2024

That is definitely an interesting lesson to pull from that scene and perhaps not the one that other people have received.

Regardless, it obviously worked for Tatum and Mazzulla because the Celtics went on to win the Finals and claim their 18th championship.

Mazzulla has always been an unorthodox coach who gives unique pep talks and has his own special way of inspiring his players.

Therefore, it is not surprising to hear that he leaned on “The Dark Knight” to fire up himself and his star.

The Celtics had to work through a lot of expectations, injuries, and more throughout the season.

But they silenced all the naysayers with their Finals win and now they get to bask in the glory of being the best team in the league.

Inspiration came to them in many forms, including this memorable movie scene.


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