Celtics Coach Ime Udoka Suspended for 2022-23 Season

The team said Udoka violated unspecified team policies. He led Boston to the N.B.A. finals last season, his first as a head coach. – 

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 an inappropriate contact with a female team member that was viewed as a breach of the team's organisational rules.

The Celtics have not yet revealed who will take Udoka's place while he is out on suspension. The team announced the punishment in a statement, adding that they would decide on Udoka's future in Boston "at a later period." 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.

In a statement to ESPN, Udoka said he accepted the team’s decision.

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the Celtics organization and my family for letting them down.

I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation.”