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NBA head coach Joe Mazzulla of the Boston Celtics silenced a room of reporters with the perfect answer to a question about the British royal family who attended a recent game.
During a press conference, a reporter asked, “A non-basketball question: did you get a chance to meet with the Royal family, and if not, how was it like having them there in the building?”
Reporter asks Chrisitan NBA coach about meeting the “Royal Family” — His Response Makes the room go SILENT
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Prince William and Kate Middleton sat courtside during the Celtics’ victory against the Miami Heat.
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph?” Mazzulla asked.
“The Prince and Princess of Wales,” the reporter replied.
“Oh, no I did not,” Mazzulla said. “I’m only familiar with one Royal family.”
“I don’t know too much about that one,” he continued. “Thank you, but hopefully, they’re Celtic fans.”
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Mazzulla, the NBA’s Eastern Conference Coach of the Month, was abruptly promoted to head coach after the Celtics suspended former head coach Ime Udoka after it was revealed he had an affair with a female staffer within the Celtics organization.
Celtics guard Jaylen Brown was similarly unfazed by the royal family’s attendance at the game.
“It was just a regular game for me,” Brown told reporters about the royal family’s attendance.
The Prince and Princess of Wales’s presence went largely unnoticed until their attendance was announced to fans during halftime. As the crowd recognized them, some fans reportedly booed them, and chants of “USA” filled the TD Garden stadium.