Celtics suspend coach Ime Udoka for entire 2022-23 season for ‘violating team policy’

The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season for “violating team policy,” the franchise said Thursday. Udoka’s suspension is effective immediately and Celtics will decide on his future after this season at a later date.

Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is reportedly set to act as interim manager ESPN. The Celtics press release announcing Udoka’s suspension did not provide any information on who will take over the team.

Udoka released a personal statement following Boston’s announcement: “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down. 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 not comment further.”

The reason for Udoka’s suspension is an allegedly consensual but inappropriate relationship with an employee of the team. The Athlete’s Shams Charania reported Wednesday. Udoka was considering resigning from his position, it is said Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix; However, he has reportedly decided not to resign.

Boston hired Udoka last June after Brad Stevens, Udoka’s predecessor, took over as team president. The Celtics started 23-24 under Udoka but dominated the rest of the regular season by winning 28 of their last 35 games. They finished the NBA with the best defense and reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. Boston eventually lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

Prior to joining the Celtics, Udoka was an assistant coach for nine seasons, spending seven years with Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs staff before spending a year with Brett Brown at the Philadelphia 76ers and Steve Nash at the Brooklyn Nets.

Mazzulla served as an assistant coach under both Udoka and Stevens after being hired by then-President Danny Ainge in 2019. Earlier this offseason, he interviewed for the Utah Jazz’s vacant head coaching position, which eventually went to former Celtics assistant coach Will Hardy. After that, Boston promoted Mazzulla to a front-of-bank role, according to the Boston globe.

Mazzulla began his coaching career as an assistant at Fairmont State in 2013-14. He left after three years to join the Celtics G League offshoot for a year, then known as the Maine Red Claws. He returned to Fairmont State, where he coached for two years and led the team to a 43-17 record and first-round elimination in the 2019 NCAA Division II tournament.

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