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Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces significant suspension, job not at risk, according to report

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Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka faces disciplinary action, including a substantial suspension, for violating an unspecified organizational guideline, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It is unknown at this time which rule Udoka may have broken. His job wouldn’t be in jeopardy, according to Wojnarowski.

Coaching suspensions are extremely rare in the NBA. Washington Wizards assistant Mike Batiste was banned for two games last season for entering the stands, and both Mike Budenholzer and Jason Kidd have been given a one-game suspension for conduct that occurred within a game. A lengthy suspension for a coach, especially one imposed by the team, would be unprecedented.

Udoka took over as the Celtics’ first head coach last season, and despite a 23-24 start, the team amassed a stellar 28-7 finish and ultimately a place in the NBA Finals. The Celtics came up short but would come in this season as the betting favorite to win the championship.

Now that Udoka’s status is unclear, that could easily change. This is just the latest issue to hit Boston in what has become a tumultuous off-season. Star forward Jaylen Brown publicly commented on trade rumors involving himself and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant. Free agent signing Danilo Gallinari tore his ACL while playing for the Italian national team. Start 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 significant part of the season. Suspension makes Boston’s road to a replay of the final even more perilous.

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