Udoka, according to the squad, broke unnamed team rules. In his first campaign as Boston’s head coach, he guided the team to the NBA Finals.
Ime Udoka, coach of the Boston Celtics, was suspended by the team on Thursday for the 2022–23 season due to unspecified “violations of team policies.” This comes only months after Udoka guided the team to the NBA Finals in his debut season.
According to a person briefed on the situation who was forbidden from discussing it publicly, Udoka had inappropriate contact with a female team member that was viewed as a breach of the team’s organisational rules.
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The Celtics have not yet revealed who will take Udoka’s place while he is out on suspension. The organisation indicated in a statement announcing the punishment that a choice regarding Udoka’s future would be made in Boston was going to be “created later.” The main owner of the Celtics, Wyc Grousbeck, declined to comment. Furthermore, a Celtics spokeswoman remained silent.
Before the Boston Celtics signed Udoka to serve as their first head coach in June 2021, he served as an assistant coach for nine seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, and Brooklyn Nets. In the NBA Finals in June, Golden State defeated the Celtics.
The initial word about Udoka’s potential ban came out late on Wednesday. The reports caused a commotion, with many individuals posting the names and images of Celtics-affiliated ladies on social media and speculating as to whether they were connected to the incident.
Udoka stated he accepted the team’s decision in a statement to ESPN. “I want to apologise for disappointing our players, fans, the Celtics organisation, and my family. I apologise for putting the team in this difficult situation.
The Ban Of Udoka Comes At A Difficult Time For The NBA.
Anthony Edwards, a guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves, was penalised $40,000 on Tuesday for making homophobic comments in a post on Instagram, where he has more than 1 million followers.
The primary owner of the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury of the W.N.B.A., Robert Sarver, was found to have engaged in inappropriate behavior over an extended period of time, the N.B.A. reported last week. Sarver used racial slurs and treated female employees unfairly for more than a decade, according to the investigation’s report, among other findings.
Sarver received a $10 million fine from N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver, the highest allowed, and a one-year suspension. However, in response to criticism regarding the seeming leniency of the sentence, Sarver declared on Wednesday that he intended to sell both.
He was one of the numerous Black coaches hired to head coaching positions last summer, many of whom had served as assistants for many years before. For having a majority of white head coaches in a league with a majority of Black players, the NBA has long faced criticism.
Boston had a 21-22 record in the middle of January and looked to be in for a disappointing season. But to finish the regular season and secure the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics won 28 of their final 35 games. They defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, the reigning champions, after sweeping the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the playoffs. Boston defeated the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference championship game.
Boston’s debut in the NBA Finals was it’s first since 2010. Udoka finished fourth in the Coach of the Year Award voting. The Utah Jazz’s new coach, Will Hardy, was Udoka’s top assistant the previous year.