After experiences surfaced that Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka had an intimate, however consensual, relationship with a feminine Celtics staffer, which is towards staff coverage, he has been suspended for the upcoming NBA season.
The NBA staff launched a press release Thursday.
“The Boston Celtics introduced right this moment that the staff has suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violations of staff insurance policies. A choice about his future with the Celtics past this season can be made at a later date. The suspension takes impact instantly.”
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 23, 2022
After being knowledgeable of the choice, Udoka gave a press release to ESPN:
“I wish to apologize to our gamers, followers, your complete Celtics group, and my household for letting them down,” Udoka mentioned in a press release to ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “I’m sorry for placing the staff on this tough scenario, and I settle for the staff’s determination. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll don’t have any additional remark.”
NEW: Assertion from Celtics coach Ime Udoka pic.twitter.com/MFutFx7c3l
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) September 23, 2022
Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla has been named the interim head coach.
After changing head coach Brad Stevens, who grew to become the Celtics’ president of basketball operations, Udoka grew to become the fifth head coach within the final 25 years to take his staff to the NBA Finals in his first season as head coach.
In final 12 months’s playoffs, based on ESPN Stats & Data, Udoka was the primary rookie coach to win a number of Recreation 7s in his first playoffs look, main his staff to wins over the Milwaukee Bucks within the Japanese Convention Semifinals and the Miami Warmth to the within the Japanese Convention Finals after eliminating them in seven video games.
Finally, the Celtics ran out of steam towards the Golden State Warriors within the NBA Finals, shedding 4-2 to the Stephen Curry-led squad.