SPECIAL UPDATE: Joe Mazzulla reveals why Celtics won’t…..

The Celtics have not had a captain since trading away Rajon Rondo in 2014 and that trend will continue in the first full season for Joe Mazzulla in Boston as head coach without the interim tag.

The team is putting their finishing touches on the final roster this week after they moved on from one locker room leader in the offseason in Marcus Smart. Mazzulla explained at practice on Sunday that he’s more focused on group accountability rather than naming any individual captains for his team.

“We have 17 captains,” Mazzulla said. “Everyone’s got a job to do. I hate giving captains because then it becomes about that one guy and what happens if he doesn’t show up that one night? And so the ownership comes from everybody and I think that’s the main thing we focused on throughout the preseason is like everyone plays a role in what their job is to make sure we’re accountable to make sure we’re working on it and make sure we’re doing the things that need to get done.”

Mazzulla is having a chance to put his stamp on things more during his first full year at the helm. He took over the Celtics coaching job for Ime Udoka just one week before training camp after Udoka was suspended. The Celtics lifted the interim tag for Mazzulla in February and gave him an extension.

The Celtics have a long history of big names serving as captains but Mazzulla signaled that he wants to emphasize a group mentality overall.

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