Celtics head coach Ime Udoka (left) didn’t agree with a referee (right) within the second quarter during a game between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors, Game Six of the NBA Finals on the TD Garden in Boston on June 17, 2022.
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The Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season, citing “violations of team policies.”
The suspension, effective immediately, comes after reports Udoka was in a consensual intimate relationship with a lady employed by the franchise.
In an announcement to ESPN, Udoka apologized and said he accepted the team’s decision.
Udoka has coached the Celtics for one season, leading the organization since former head coach Brad Stevens left the role to grow to be president of basketball operations. He oversaw the teams Eastern Conference championship and a failed NBA Finals bid against the Golden State Warriors.
The Celtics have tapped assistant coach Joe Mazzulla to function interim head coach, ESPN reported, citing sources. The team’s top assistant coach, Will Hardy, left the team in June for a head coaching job with the Utah Jazz.
The Celtics, who’ve won 17 NBA titles, are the fifth most respected franchise within the league, at $3.55 billion, in accordance with Forbes.