Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka has been suspended for the 2022-23 season for violating team policies. The team added that a decision on Udoka’s future with the Celtics will be made at a later date.
Udoka reportedly engaged in an “improper” consensual relationship with a female member of the Boston staff.
The news shocked the NBA and upset a club that had been considered one of the favorites to challenge for the championship this year.
Joe Mazulla, the assistant head coach, has taken over in the meantime. Prior to their first game of the season on October 18th, the Celtics team is scheduled to resume preseason practice on October 2nd.
This is the second significant disciplinary matter to arise in the NBA in as many weeks, following Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision last week to suspend Robert Sarver, owner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA, for one year and fine him $10 million following an investigation that revealed his pattern of disturbing workplace behavior, including abusive and racist language. On Wednesday, Sarver declared his intention to sell his teams.