Boston Celtics suspend head coach Ime Udoka for season

The suspension of Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 season would be accompanied by unwelcome comments towards a woman in the organization with whom Udoka had an inappropriate relationship, according to a new report. 2022-23 season “for team policy violations”, adding that “a decision about his future with the Celtics after this season will be made at a later date”. between Udoka and a female member of the team staff in July. According to the Athletic, the Celtics were told the relationship was consensual at the time, but recently the woman accused Udoka of making unwelcome comments towards her. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported that Udoka, 45, was suspended for his role in a consensual relationship with a female staff member. According to ESPN, the relationship was considered a violation of the organization’s guidelines. In a statement from ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Udoka apologized but little additional information. my family because I let them down,” Udoka said. “I’m sorry I put the team in this difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will not comment further.” Season, but SportsCenter 5 learned from a league source that Rhode Island-born and current assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over as interim head coach. League sources also confirmed that Udoka will not be. Udoka spent most of his NBA career at San Antonio and then joined Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s staff as an assistant.Udoka was on the Spurs staff from 2012 to 2019, winning it all in ’14 , and he quickly found his way to short lists for open head coaching jobs, spending the 2019-20 season in Philadelphia and the 2020-21 season in Brooklyn before the Celtics hired him in June 2021 to succeed Brad Stevens – who went to moved the front office. In Year 1, Udoka finished fourth in the voting for Coach of the Year and the Celtics came within two championship wins. Boston, the defending champions of the Eastern Conference, is scheduled to hold a media day on Monday and open a training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the Oct. 18 season opener.

The suspension of Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 season would be accompanied by unwelcome comments against a woman in the organization with whom Udoka had an inappropriate relationship, according to a new report.

The Celtics announced that the team has suspended Udoka for the 2022-23 season “for violations of team policy”, adding that “a decision about his future with the Celtics after this season will be made at a later date.”

The Athletic now reports that the Celtics organization first learned of the relationship between Udoka and a female member of the team staff in July.

According to the Athletic, the Celtics were told the relationship was consensual at the time, but recently the woman accused Udoka of making unwelcome comments towards her.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported that Udoka, 45, was suspended for his role in a consensual relationship with a female staff member. According to ESPN, the relationship was considered a violation of the organization’s guidelines.

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka reacts during the first half of Game x20;6 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series Friday, May x20;13, 2022, in Milwaukee.

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In a statement reported by ESPN’s Malika AndrewsUdoka apologized, but little additional information.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for disappointing,” Udoka said. “I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will not comment further.”

No announcement was made as to who would take over the head coaching duties for the upcoming season, but SportsCenter 5 learned through a league source that Rhode Island-born and current assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will be taking over as interim head coach.

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League sources have also confirmed that Udoka will not step down.

Udoka spent most of his NBA career with San Antonio and then joined Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s staff as an assistant. Udoka was on the Spurs staff from 2012 to 2019, winning it all in ’14, and he quickly found his way into short lists for open head coaching jobs.

He spent the 2019-20 season in Philadelphia and the 2020-21 season in Brooklyn before the Celtics hired him in June 2021 to succeed Brad Stevens – who moved to the front office. In Year 1, Udoka finished fourth in the voting for Coach of the Year and the Celtics came within two championship wins.

Boston, the defending champion of the Eastern Conference, will hold a media day on Monday and open a training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the October 18 season opener.

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