Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka risks a possible suspension for violating the team’s code of conduct, according to multiple reports.
Shams Charania by the athletic reports that Udoka had “an inappropriate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff”, adding that the relationship “has been deemed a violation of (the) franchise code of conduct”.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Adam Himmelsbach van The Boston Globe were the first to report that a suspension was imminent. Both Wojnarowski and Himmelsbach report that a final decision on the discipline is expected soon.
Wojnarowski also reports that Udoka’s job is not in danger, adding that assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will likely fill in as interim head coach while Udoka is suspended.
Udoka, 45, took over as Celtics head coach ahead of the 2021-22 season and had immediate success, pushing the team to the NBA Finals before falling to the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics led 51-31 in Udoka’s first season.
Before joining the Celtics, Udoka was an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2020-21 season. He began coaching as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs in 2012 and also spent some time on the bench with the Philadelphia 76ers.
As a player, he was a minor striker who played in 316 NBA games from 2003 to 2011 with the Lakers, Knicks, Trail Blazers, Spurs and Kings.
Himmelsbach reports that the Celtics will hold a media day on Monday and begin training camp on Tuesday.