Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka has been suspended for the entire 2022-23 season, the team announced Thursday. The suspension was the result of a “violation of team policy,” the Celtics said in a statement.
The suspension takes effect immediately and “a decision on his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the team said.
The Celtics have not publicly disclosed what policies Udoka violated.
On Wednesday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Udoka had an “inappropriate intimate and consensual relationship with a female team member of staff.”
The Boston Celtics will enter the 2022-23 season as defending Eastern Conference champions. They lost in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four games to two last season.
Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over head coaching duties this season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Prior to becoming head coach of the Celtics in 2021, Udoka spent seven seasons as assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs from 2012 to 2019. He spent one year as assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019, followed by another season. as assistant on the Brooklyn Nets.
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