Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces disciplinary action for breaching team, sources say


Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces possible disciplinary action — including a significant suspension — for an unspecified violation of company guidelines, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday night.

Sources said discussions are ongoing within the Celtic organization over the final decision on what the suspension should be.

Udoka came to the Celtics last summer after spending time as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets following his NBA playing career.

Udoka replaces Brad Stevens as coach. Stevens moved upstairs to become Boston’s president of basketball operations after his predecessor in that job, Danny Ainge, chose to leave the organization.

In his first season as coach, Udoka oversaw a remarkable turnaround in Boston, which saw the Celtics finish the season with a 28-7 record over their final 35 games after going under .500 in late January. They made an impressive run through the Eastern Conference playoffs, advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years.

Udoka is the fifth coach in the past 25 years to reach the NBA Finals in his first season as a head coach, and the first since Nick Nurse in 2019.

According to ESPN Stats and Information Research, he became the first new coach to win multiple Game 7s in his first season. Udoka led Boston to wins over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals before Boston lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games in the NBA Finals.


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