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

The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season over “violations of team insurance policies,” the franchise introduced Thursday. Udoka’s suspension begins efficient instantly, and Celtics will decide about his future past this season at a later date.

Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will reportedly function interim coach, in keeping with ESPN. The Celtics’ press launch asserting Udoka’s suspension didn’t comprise any perception as to who will take over the team.

Udoka launched a private assertion within the wake of Boston’s announcement: “I need to apologize to our gamers, followers, the entire Celtics group, and my household for letting them down. I’m sorry for placing the team on this tough scenario and I settle for the team’s determination. Out of respect for everybody concerned, I’ll haven’t any additional remark.”

The cause for Udoka’s suspension is an alleged consensual however improper relationship with a team workers member, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Wednesday. Udoka thought-about resigning from his place, in keeping with Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix; nonetheless, he has reportedly determined to not resign.

Boston employed Udoka final June after Brad Stevens, Udoka’s predecessor, took over as team president. The Celtics began 23-24 beneath Udoka however dominated the rest of the common season by profitable 28 of their final 35 video games. They completed with the very best protection within the NBA and superior to the NBA Finals for the primary time since 2010. Boston in the end misplaced to the Golden State Warriors in six video games.

Prior to becoming a member of the Celtics, Udoka was an assistant coach for 9 seasons spending seven on Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs workers earlier than one-year stints with Brett Brown on the Philadelphia 76ers and Steve Nash on the Brooklyn Nets.

Mazzulla was an assistant coach beneath each Udoka and Stevens, having been employed by then-president Danny Ainge in 2019. Earlier this offseason, he interviewed for the Utah Jazz’s open head-coaching place, which finally went to former Celtics assistant coach Will Hardy. Afterward, Boston promoted Mazzulla to a front-of-bench position, in keeping with the Boston Globe.

In 2013-14, Mazzulla began his teaching profession as an assistant at Fairmont State. He left after three years to hitch the Celtics’ G League affiliate, then generally known as the Maine Red Claws, for one yr. He returned to Fairmont State the place he was the coach for two years main the team to a 43-17 file and first-round exit within the 2019 NCAA Division II Tournament.

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