Celtics suspend coach Ime Udoka for entire 2022-23 season over 'violations of team policies'

The Boston Celtics have actually suspended coach Ime Udoka for the whole 2022-23 season over “violations of team policies,” the franchise revealed Thursday. Udoka’s suspension start reliable instantly, and Celtics will decide about his future beyond this season at a later date.

Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will supposedly function as interim coach, according to ESPN. The Celtics’ news release revealing Udoka’s suspension did not consist of any insight regarding who will take control of the group.

Udoka launched an individual declaration in the wake of Boston’s statement: “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.” 

The factor for Udoka’s suspension is a supposed consensual however incorrect relationship with a group team member, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Wednesday. Udoka thought about resigning from his position, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix; nevertheless, he has actually supposedly chosen not to resign.

Boston worked with Udoka last June after Brad Stevens, Udoka’s predecessor, took control of as group president. The Celtics began 23-24 under Udoka however controlled the rest of the routine season by winning 28 of their last 35 video games. They completed with the very best defense in the NBA and advanced to the NBA Finals for the very first time because 2010. Boston eventually lost to the Golden State Warriors in 6 video games. 

Prior to signing up with the Celtics, Udoka was an assistant coach for 9 seasons investing 7 Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs personnel prior to 1 year stints with Brett Brown on the Philadelphia 76ers and Steve Nash on the Brooklyn Nets. 

Mazzulla was an assistant coach under both Udoka and Stevens, having actually been worked with by then-president Danny Ainge in 2019. Earlier this offseason, he talked to for the Utah Jazz’s’s open head-coaching position, which ultimately went to previous Celtics assistant coach Will Hardy. Afterward, Boston promoted Mazzulla to a front-of-bench function, according to the Boston Globe. 

In 2013-14, Mazzulla began his training profession as an assistant at Fairmont State. He left after 3 years to sign up with the Celtics’ G League affiliate, then called the Maine Red Claws, for one year. He went back to Fairmont State where he was the coach for 2 years leading the group to a 43-17 record and first-round exit in the 2019 NCAA Division II Tournament.

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