November 26, 2022

Nigerian-American star Ime Udoka suspended as Celtics head coach for entire 2022-2023 season following improper intimate relationship with female staffer

Ime Udoka led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first season as an NBA head coach, but he will miss the upcoming season because of a team suspension for an improper relationship. (Steven Senne/AP)
Ime Udoka led the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first season as an NBA head coach, but he will miss the upcoming season because of a team suspension for an improper relationship. (Steven Senne/AP)

Nigerian-American professional basketball coach and former player Ime Udoka has been suspended as Celtics head coach for the entire 2022-2023 season over “violations of team policies.”

The news of Udoka’s suspension was first reported by ESPN and the Athletic, which comes less than one week before the Celtics open training camp and less than a month before their regular season opener against Philadelphia 76ers on October 18.

The Celtics made the announcement on Thursday, saying that a decision about his future with the organization will be made at a later date. The team did not immediately name Udoka’s replacement but Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is expected to serve as Udoka’s replacement during his suspension, which began on Thursday.

The Washington Post quoted multiple people with knowledge of the situation as saying that Udoka was involved in an improper intimate relationship with a female staffer.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” Udoka, 45, said in a statement. “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.”

Udoka guided Boston to 51 wins and its first Conference Championship since 2010 before he emerged as a rising star in the coaching rank last season.

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