It’s extremely rare to see an NBA head coach facing significant internal discipline from his team, but that is apparently what’s about to occur with Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka.
The Celtics head coach, who’s coming off his first season with the team, is reportedly facing a big suspension from the franchise for a violation of organizational guidelines. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the bombshell news on Wednesday evening.
“Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is facing possible disciplinary motion – including a big suspension – for an unspecified violation of organizational guidelines. Discussions are ongoing inside the Celtics on a final determination,” he reported on Wednesday night.
“Udoka led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference championship and a berth within the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in his first season as head coach.”
Udoka is coming off his first season with the Celtics, by which he led the team to an NBA Finals appearance. The Celtics fell to the Warriors within the NBA Finals.
NBA fans are pretty stunned by the vague Wednesday night news.
“is that actually all he’s gonna tweet about udoka? that is the whole tweet????” one fan wrote.
“Ime Udoka is likely to be suspended but they didn’t give a reason ….. Now why is that??” one other fan wrote.
“That is probably the most serious completely vague tweet that I’ve ever seen. I do not know if Udoka missed a flight or killed a coworker,” one other fan wrote.
It can be interesting to see if more details begin to leak out on the Udoka situation, which is currently taking on the NBA world on Wednesday night.
The league’s 2022-23 season is about to start in a couple of month. At this point, it is likely to be surprising to see Udoka on the bench when the NBA’s 2022-23 regular season begins.