Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces one-year suspension for improper relationship, may resign, reports say

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The Boston Celtics will suspend coach Ime Udoka for the rest of the 2022-23 season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Udoka has considered resigning from his post. Per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

Late Wednesday, Athlete Shams Sarania said Udoka allegedly violated group rules and had an improper relationship with an employee. Thursday morning, ESPN reported The Celtics may elevate assistant coach Joe Mazzulla to head coach on an interim basis. Masullah was informed that he would take over. As stated therein The Boston GlobeAdam Himmelsbach.

The team will announce Udoka’s suspension as soon as Thursday, ESPN reported. As of Thursday afternoon, no such announcement had been made.

Boston hired Udoka last June after Udoka’s predecessor, Brad Stevens, became team president. The Celtics started 23-24 under Udoka, but then dominated the rest of the regular season, winning 28 of the last 35 games and finishing with the best defense in the NBA. Boston made the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010 and lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

Prior to joining the Celtics, Udoka was an assistant coach for nine years. He spent seven seasons with the San Antonio Spurs on Gregg Popovich’s staff before spending a year on Brett Brown’s staff with the Philadelphia 76ers and Steve Nash’s staff with the Brooklyn Nets.

Mazzulla was an assistant coach under both Udoka and Stevens and was hired by then-president Danny Ainge in 2019. Earlier this season, he interviewed for the Utah Jazz’s open head coaching position, which eventually went to former Celtics assistant coach Will Hardy. Later, Boston promoted him to a position in front of the bench. for one The Boston Globe.

In 2013-14, Mazzulla began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Fairmont State. He returned to Fairmont State three years later to join the Celtics’ G League affiliate, then known as the Maine Red Glass, where he was the head coach for two years.

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