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Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka suspended for 2022-23 season

BOSTON — Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka has formally been suspended by the crew for the 2022-23 season. The self-discipline was issued by the crew, not by the NBA.

The Celtics introduced Thursday night time that Udoka had been suspended for violations of crew insurance policies. There isn’t a assure that he’ll return to the job after the suspension is up.

“A choice about his future with the Celtics past this season shall be made at a later date,” the assertion mentioned. “The suspension takes impact instantly.”

Earlier on Thursday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski — who first broke the story on Wednesday night time — indicated {that a} season-long suspension was “possible.” Each Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that Udoka had “a consensual relationship with a feminine employees member” that violated crew guidelines.

Udoka additionally launched a press release on Thursday night time. 

“I need to apologize to our gamers, followers, your entire Celtics group, and my household for letting them down,” the assertion learn. “I’m sorry for placing the crew on this tough scenario, and I settle for the crew’s determination. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll don’t have any additional remark.”

Udoka, 45, joined the Celtics final summer time and after navigating by way of some early-season turmoil, led Boston on an unimaginable second-half turnaround. A sub-.500 crew in late January, the Celtics closed the season by profitable 28 of their last 35 video games to assert the 2-seed within the Jap Convention. Boston swept Brooklyn within the first spherical of the playoffs earlier than beating Milwaukee and Miami in seven-game sequence to advance to the NBA Finals. The Celtics misplaced in six video games to the Golden State Warriors within the Finals.

Boston was the favourite to win the title heading into the 2022-23 season, however the crew now faces a large change on the high. Celtics assistant Joseph Mazzulla will take over for Udoka, in response to Wojnarowski. The 34-year-old native of Johnston, R.I. was the top coach at Division 2 Fairmont State earlier than becoming a member of the Celtics teaching employees in 2019.

The Celtics will maintain the crew’s media day on Monday forward of the beginning of coaching camp on Tuesday. 



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