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Celtics coach Ime Udoka likely to face one-year suspension for inappropriate relationship, won’t resign, according to reports

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The Boston Celtics will likely suspend coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. late Wednesday, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported: that Udoka allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a staff member, in violation of team rules. on Thursday morning, ESPN reported: that the Celtics would likely elevate assistant coach Joe Mazzulla to head coach on an interim basis. Mazzulla has been informed that he is taking over, according to the Boston Globe‘s Adam Himmelsbach.

on Thursday morning, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported that Udoka had considered resigning from his position. hours later, TNT’s Chris Haynes reported: that Udoka will not resign.

ESPN reported that the team would announce Udoka’s suspension as early as Thursday. No such announcement has been made as of Thursday afternoon.

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

Before joining the Celtics, Udoka was an assistant coach for nine years. He spent seven seasons on Gregg Popovich’s staff at the… San Antonio Spurs before joining Brett Brown’s staff at the Philadelphia 76ers and Steve Nash’s staff with the Brooklyn nets.

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

In 2013-14, Mazzulla began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Fairmont State. He left after three years to join the Celtics’ G League affiliate, then known as the Maine Red Claws, for a year before returning to Fairmont State, where he was the head coach for two years.

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