Ime Udoka suspension, defined: What we learn about Celtics coach’s standing and who will function interim head coach

The Celtics must full the 2022-23 marketing campaign with out their head coach.

On Wednesday night time, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Ime Udoka was going through a “important suspension” after he violated organizational pointers. The Celtics confirmed the information on Thursday, saying that the 45-year-old has been suspended for the 2022-23 season.

Right here is the whole lot we at present learn about Udoka’s scenario, together with how the Celtics and Udoka have addressed the suspension.

What did Ime Udoka do?

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported early Thursday that Udoka had an “improper intimate and consensual relationship with a feminine member of the group workers.”

In a follow-up report, Charania revealed that Boston “launched a set of inside interviews” after the staffer accused Udoka of “making undesirable feedback towards her.”

Some members of the Celtics group first grew to become conscious of the connection in July, sources mentioned. At the moment, group management was led to consider by each events that the connection was consensual. However sources mentioned that the lady lately accused Udoka of creating undesirable feedback towards her — main the group to launch a set of inside interviews.

Of their assertion, the Celtics did not provide extra particulars, saying solely that Udoka was being suspended for “violations of group insurance policies.”

How lengthy will Ime Udoka be suspended?

The Celtics have suspended Udoka for the whole 2022-23 season.

“A call about [Udoka’s] future with the Celtics past this season can be made at a later date,” the group mentioned in its assertion. “The suspension takes impact instantly.”

Throughout an look on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” Wojnarowski made it clear that it is a “Celtics matter, not a league problem,” so the NBA won’t be concerned in any disciplinary motion.

Will the Celtics hearth Ime Udoka?

Udoka’s job is not “believed to be in jeopardy,” per Wojnarowski.

Regardless of hypothesis about Udoka resigning, he does not plan to step down, in keeping with TNT’s Chris Haynes.

What did Ime Udoka say about his suspension?

Udoka issued this assertion after the Celtics introduced his suspension (by way of ESPN’s Malika Andrews):

I wish to apologize to our gamers, followers, the whole Celtics group and my household for letting them down. I’m sorry for placing the group on this troublesome scenario, and I settle for the group’s choice. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll haven’t any additional remark.

Will Brad Stevens exchange Ime Udoka because the Celtics’ head coach?

The Celtics’ president of basketball operations spent eight seasons as Boston’s head coach (from 2013-21) earlier than transitioning to a front-office function. Stevens, who employed Udoka previous to the beginning of final season, has given no indication that he’s eager about returning to the bench.

Who would be the Celtics’ interim head coach?

Wojnarowski reported that Celtics assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will exchange Udoka.

The 34-year-old, who performed at West Virginia from 2006-11 and was a member of the 2009-10 Mountaineers group that reached the Ultimate 4, joined Boston’s teaching workers in 2019. He beforehand served as an assistant and head coach at Fairmont State, and he was an assistant coach for the Maine Celtics of the G League.

Will Hardy, the highest assistant on Udoka’s workers throughout the 2021-22 season, would have been the plain alternative for interim head coach, however the Jazz employed him to interchange Quin Snyder in June. Utah reportedly interviewed Mazzulla earlier than hiring Hardy.

Ime Udoka’s teaching resume

  • Assistant coach with Spurs (2012-19)
  • Assistant coach with 76ers (2019-20)
  • Assistant coach with Nets (2020-21)
  • Head coach with Celtics (2021-22)
  • 2013-14 NBA champion with Spurs
  • 2021-22 Japanese Convention champion with Celtics
  • 51-31 regular-season document as head coach

Celtics coaching camp, Media Day, preseason schedule

Boston is ready to carry its Media Day on Monday, Sept. 26. The Celtics will then kick off coaching camp on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Right here is their full preseason schedule:

Date Opponent Time (ET)
Oct. 2 vs. Hornets 1 p.m.
Oct. 5 vs. Raptors 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 vs. Hornets* 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 vs. Raptors* 7 p.m.

* Recreation performed at a impartial web site.