The sanction fell for Ime Udoka, who will not be able to coach the Celtics for the coming season. After his relationship with a staff person, the coach has just been suspended for a year, since this adventure is against the rules of the organization. Nevertheless, this is another reason that prompted the front office to take action according to The Athletic.
The 2022/23 financial year has yet to start for the Celtics and yet the preparation already seems to have failed. In addition to the injury of Robert Williams, or that of Danilo Gallinari a few weeks ago, it is now Ime Udoka who has just put his people in trouble. By having a relationship with a colleague, the coach violated the organization’s guidelines, which prohibit such a scenario for obvious reasons. The franchise was quick to take a sanctionsince the coach was suspended for the season.
It is Joe Mazzulla who will take charge of this roster for the campaign, making him the youngest coach in the league at only 34 years old, just like Will Hardy of the Jazz – who also came from the Celtics. If the performance is satisfactory, it would not be surprising if Udoka never returns to the position. Despite his suspension, it is not impossible that the person concerned decides to resign, especially given the latest returns from Shams Charania.
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Indeed, Udoka finds himself in a very difficult situation, with the lost confidence of the organization, or of his wife who also reacted to the case. Nevertheless, Charania has just given new details in this story, confirming that this relationship has existed for a long time, with some members of the Celtics knowing about it since July.
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A few members of the Celtics organization became aware of the relationship in July. At the time, team leaders believed the relationship was consensual, but sources say the woman recently accused Udoka of making inappropriate comments towards her – prompting the Celtics to begin a series of internal interviews .
At first glance, the Celtics were therefore aware of this relationship involving their coach, but only decided to take sanctions following the person’s complaint. Unsurprisingly, an important meeting was held on Thursday to make this decision, including Brad Stevens:
The team’s decision and official announcement came shortly after a meeting with franchise owners and president Brad Stevens. It lasted several hours, according to sources. Early Thursday, Stevens and members of the front office met with the players at the practice compound.
Not only did Ime Udoka break the rules of the team, but he also allegedly had inappropriate words towards the person involved in this matter. A complaint taken seriously by the Celtics, who had to make a difficult decision on Thursday. Knowing this, it is difficult to see how the coach will be able to resume his place next year.