Boston Celtics suspend head coach Ime Udoka for next season


Celtics head coach Ime Udoka (left) disagreed with an umpire (right) in the second quarter during a game between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, Game Six of the NBA Finals at the TD Garden in Boston on June 17 , 2022.

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The Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 season for “team policy violations.”

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The suspension, effective immediately, comes after reports that Udoka had an intimate relationship with a woman who was employed by the franchise.

In a statement to ESPNUdoka apologized and said he accepted the team’s decision.

Udoka has coached the Celtics for one season and has led the organization since former head coach Brad Stevens left the role to become president of basketball operations. He oversaw the team’s Eastern Conference championship and a failed NBA Finals bid against the Golden State Warriors.

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The Celtics have hired assistant coach Joe Mazzulla as their interim head coach. ESPN reported, citing sources. The team’s top assistant coach, Will Hardy, left the team in June to take a job as head coach with the Utah Jazz.