The Boston Celtics are expected to be one of the major contenders for the 2022-23 NBA Championship.
The team that lost to the Golden State Warriors in last season’s NBA Finals will be without its head coach for the entire upcoming season.
The team announced Thursday night that Ime Udoka is suspended for the 2022-23 season.
The team cited violations of team policies in its announcement. Multiple reports said Udoka had an intimate relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff.
NEW: Statement from Celtics coach Ime Udoka pic.twitter.com/MFutFx7c3l
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) September 23, 2022
This would have been Udoka’s second season as head coach in Boston. Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is expected to be the interim head coach.
The Celtics have made assistant coach Joe Mazzulla the interim head coach, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 23, 2022
In his first season as coach, Udoka oversaw a remarkable turnaround in Boston, one that saw the Celtics go from being under .500 in late January to closing the season with a 28-7 record over their final 35 games. They then authored an impressive run through the Eastern Conference playoffs, advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years.