Lucas: Joe Mazzulla is a winner!


Gov. Maura Healey should ask Joe Mazzulla tips on how to do it.

Perhaps she may even title him as the brand new head of the Massachusetts State Police.

Mazzulla, like so lots of Healey’s appointees, is an outsider and a brand new state legislation permits Healy to rent a brand new chief of the troubled State Police from out of state.

The coach of the Boston Celtics, whereas solely 35 years outdated, not solely is aware of tips on how to win, but additionally is aware of so much about alternative, challenges and what life is all about.

It is going to by no means occur, in fact. It’s a fantasy.

But Healey, like Mazzulla, who can be in his second 12 months on the job, may use a number of Mazzulla varieties — and ideas — to assist shore up her faltering administration.

She must learn the State Home the best way Mazzulla reads Boston Backyard.

Proper now, the Boston Celtics are one of many few issues Massachusetts can brag about nowadays after decisively defeating the Dallas Mavericks to win the 2024 Nationwide Basketball Affiliation Championship.

However it isn’t solely the best way he did it, however what he stated about it.

Standing beneath the historic banners of previous Celtic championships on the Backyard Monday evening after clinching the title, Mazzulla stated: “You get very few chances in life to be great, and you get very few chances in life to carry on the ownership and the responsibilities of what these banners are and all the great people and players that came here.

“When you have few chances in life, you just got to take the bull by the horns, and you just got to own it.”

Gov. Healey ought to pay attention to Mazzulla’s stylish and dignified feedback. She, too, as governor of Massachusetts, is fortunate sufficient to have the chance to be nice, not solely as a result of she is the primary homosexual particular person to carry the job, however for the challenges she faces.

Healey was proper to notice that the Celtics’ victory was on account of a staff effort. “Team, team, team,” she stated in a livestream interview with Java With Jimmy.

Decked out in Celtics’ gear, the governor in contrast the Celtics’ staff effort to state authorities and “everybody working together.”

Healey can solely dream of getting a staff able to successful. The truth is, she seems to be surrounded by one of many weakest groups a governor can have whereas confronted with issues no different governor has confronted prior to now.

Her issues start with the unlawful immigrant invasion of the state that’s not solely costing taxpayers $1 billion a 12 months to accommodate, feed and take care of them, however beneath Joe Biden they carry on coming.

And they’ll carry on coming so long as Massachusetts continues to dole out engaging welfare advantages to unlawful immigrants from around the globe. There isn’t a one round to take the bull by the horn and simply say no.

Nothing a lot within the state appears to be working.

Regardless of the much-publicized 2023 hiring of New Yorker Phillip Eng to run the failed MBTA at $470,000 a 12 months, the transit system remains to be a multitude. No person desires to experience it, together with Transportation Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt. She commutes in her state automobile.

Again then Eng stated, “My pledge to the people of Massachusetts is that you will see meaningful, measurable steps being taken and progress being made in short order.”  Effectively, the persons are nonetheless ready.

As soon as a Norman Rockwell-like revered police company, the status of the State Police has been severely broken from one scandal or one other over the previous a number of years.

Its status has been additional blackened by the troubling, compelled testimony of State Police Trooper Michael   Proctor and his “regrettable” however explosive sexist emails within the Karen Reed homicide trial.

After which there may be the scandal of bankrupt Steward Health Care and its years-long failed hospital well being care system of hospitals in Massachusetts. The wheeling and dealing have been breathless.

It’s fascinating to notice that the decline of those establishments—the MBTA, the State Police and Steward, all passed off through the eight years Healey was lawyer basic earlier than turning into governor.

A modest suggestion.

I’d have Joe Mazzulla are available and maintain a seminar on management.

Peter Lucas is a veteran political reporter. Electronic mail him at:


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