The Boston Celtics have suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the entirety of the 2022-23 NBA season. Joe Mazzulla has been named the interim Head Coach for the Boston Celtics for the upcoming NBA season. Speculation across the day alluded to the fact that this decision was coming after news broke that the Celtics’ Head Coach had an “improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff.” There was speculation that he considered resigning as the Head Coach but decided that wasn’t the right course of action. He has accepted the suspension from the team.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 23, 2022
In a short statement after the suspension announcement, Head Coach Ime Udoka said the following: ” 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 Boston Celtics are coming off a 51-31 record and a trip to the NBA Finals in what was Udoka’s first year as the Head Coach. They were considered a favorite to win the NBA Championship heading into the 2022-23 NBA season.
BREAKING: The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season. The move takes effect immediately and with no guarantee he will be back with the franchise in the future. https://t.co/pwxvd1GONy
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 23, 2022
More details are likely to come out over the coming days or perhaps weeks about what actually happened over the past year. This will likely have a major impact on the Boston Celtics this year as they go through the NBA season. We here at Def Pen Sports will update the story if more is learned about the situation.