Celtics’ Ime Udoka faces suspension for ‘improper, consensual’ relationship with staff, according to reports

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Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces disciplinary action, including a significant suspension, for violating the team’s code of conduct after having an “inappropriate, intimate and consensual relationship” with a female employee. Shams Saranya The Athletic Reports.

Udoka’s job is not believed to be in jeopardy, but the suspension is pending, and a final decision on its length could come Thursday, according to ESPN. Adrian Wojnarowski.

Practice suspensions are extremely rare in the NBA. Washington Wizards assistant Mike Bautista was suspended for two games last season for entering the stands, and Mike Budenholzer and Jason Kidd both received one-game suspensions for in-game conduct. A lengthy suspension for a coach, especially one imposed by a team, would be unprecedented.

Udoka took over the Celtics for the first time as a head coach last season, and despite a 23-24 start, led the team to an impressive 28-7 record and a berth in the NBA Finals. The Celtics came up short, but were projected to enter this season as the betting favorites to win the championship.

As Udoka’s status is unclear, that could easily change. It’s the latest issue for Boston in what has turned into a tumultuous offseason. Star forward Jaylen Brown has publicly commented on trade rumors involving him and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. Free-agent signing Danilo Gallinari tore his ACL while playing for the Italian national team. Starting center Robert Williams III is recovering from knee surgery and is expected to miss training camp.

Now, the Celtics may be without their coach for a meaningful portion of the season. If he is suspended, Boston’s path to the Finals will become even more precarious.

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