Boston Celtics suspend head coach Ime Udoka for full season

The Boston Celtics have suspended HEAD Coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season. Reason is a violation of team policy. Udoka had a consensual, intimate relationship with a woman on the Celtics staff.

The team announced this late in the evening on Thursday after various media speculated about a suspension during the day.

A team statement read: “The Boston Celtics today announce that the team has suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 season for violating team rules.”

The Celtics continued: “A decision about his future with the Celtis after this season will be made at a later date. The suspension is effective immediately.”

Shortly afterwards, Udoka also made a statement to Malika Andrews ESPN van: “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my entire family for disappointing them. I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision Out of respect for all involved, I will not comment further.”

After Udoka’s top assistant coach Will Hardy took over as head coach of the Utah Jazz over the summer, assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is considered a promising candidate for the interim coach role.

Ime Udoka: Celtics head coach since 2021

Udoka only came on the sidelines of the Celtics a year ago, having previously built a solid reputation as an assistant to the Spurs, Sixers and Nets. In his first season as head coach, he led the team to an impressive turnaround and, after a poor start to the season, to the NBA Finals. There, Boston lost in six games to the Golden State Warriors.

After good offseason moves like the trade for Malcolm Brogdon, the Celtics around two stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are also being traded as good candidates for a top spot in the Eastern Conference for the coming season.

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