Boston Celtics suspend head coach Ime Udoka for season

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka’s suspension for the 2022-23 season allegedly involved making unwanted comments toward a woman in the organization with whom Udoka had an inappropriate relationship, according to a new report. The Celtics announced that the team had suspended Udoka for the 2022-23 season “for violating team policies”, adding that “a decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. later date”. Athletic are now reporting that the Celtics organization became aware of Udoka’s relationship with a female staff member at the team in July. According to Athletic, the Celtics were told the relationship was consensual at the time, but recently the woman accused Udoka of making unwanted comments towards her. Earlier, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Udoka, 45, was at risk of being suspended due to his role in a consensual relationship with a female staff member. According to ESPN, the relationship was deemed a violation of the organization’s guidelines. In a statement reported by ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Udoka offered an apology but little additional information. my family for letting them down,” Udoka said. “I’m sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.” season, but SportsCenter 5 has learned from a league source that Joe Mazzulla, a Rhode Island native and current assistant coach, will take over as as interim head coach. League sources also confirmed that Udoka would not resign. Antonio and later joined Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s staff as an assistant. Udoka was part of the staff Spurs from 2012 to 2019, winning it all in 2014, and he soon found himself on shortlists for open head coaching positions, spending the 2019-20 season at Philadelphia and the 2020-21 season at Brooklyn before the Celtics hired him in June 2021 as the successor to Brad Stevens – who moved to the front office.In the first year, Udoka finished fourth in the Coach of the Year vote and the Celtics have come to two championship wins. Boston, the defending Eastern Conference champions, are scheduled to hold a media day on Monday and open training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the Oct. 18 season opener.

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka’s suspension for the 2022-23 season allegedly involved making unwanted comments to a woman in the organization with whom Udoka had an inappropriate relationship, according to a new report.

The Celtics announced that the team had suspended Udoka for the 2022-23 season “for violating team policies”, adding that “a decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. later date”.

The Athletic are now reporting that the Celtics organization first became aware of Udoka’s relationship with a female team staffer in July.

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

Earlier, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Udoka, 45, was at risk of being suspended due to his role in a consensual relationship with a female staff member. According to ESPN, the relationship was deemed a violation of the organization’s guidelines.

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Ime Udoka

In a statement reported by ESPN’s Malika AndrewsUdoka issued an apology but little additional information.

“I want to apologize to our players, our fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said. “I’m sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”

No announcement has been made as to who will serve as head coach for the upcoming season, but SportsCenter 5 has learned from a league source that current assistant coach and Rhode Island native Joe Mazzulla, would take over as interim head coach.

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Coach Joe Mazzulla

League sources have also confirmed that Udoka will not resign.

Udoka spent most of his NBA playing career with San Antonio, then joined Spurs coaching staff Gregg Popovich as an assistant. Udoka was on the Spurs staff from 2012 to 2019, winning it all in 2014, and he soon found himself on shortlists for open head coaching positions.

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

Boston, the defending Eastern Conference champions, are scheduled to hold a media day on Monday and open training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the Oct. 18 season opener.

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