Celtics demote Ime Udoka as head coach for the 2022–23 season.

Posted by Elijah on September 23rd, 2022

BOTHELL (AP) — Ime Udoka, the Boston Celtics' coach who guided them to the NBA Finals last spring, has been placed on a one-year suspension, effectively barring him from the team for the entire 2022–23 season, เว็บข่าวกีฬา according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.

The team kept that information a secret, so the people spoke to The Associated Press under the condition of anonymity. The Celtics said Udoka violated team policies in a statement released Thursday night after a full day of negotiations over the terms of the punishment. They also left open the possibility that a longer separation may follow.

The team stated, "A decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date.

According to one of the people who spoke with The AP, assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will serve as interim coach. In order to get ready for the season opener on October 18, the defending Eastern Conference champions will hold a media day on Monday and start training camp on Tuesday. Udoka expressed his regret "to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organisation, and my family for letting them down" in a statement that was made public by ESPN.

He apologised and said, "I accept the team's decision. I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation.

I won't comment further out of respect for everyone involved. Udoka, a longtime assistant coach, guided Boston to a 51-31 record last year by going 26-6 in the final 32 games. This was his first head coaching position in the NBA. On their way to the NBA Finals, where they were defeated by the Golden State Warriors in six games, the Boston Celtics defeated Brooklyn, Milwaukee, and Miami. The news shocked the NBA and upset a team that had been considered one of the favourites to challenge for the championship this year. It would be the franchise's franchise-record 18th game.

But in Boston, the incident was reminiscent of the commotion that occurred across town in 2020, when Red Sox manager Alex Cora was handed a one-year MLB suspension for his involvement in a sign-stealing scandal while working for the Houston Astros. Instead, the parties grew apart. After finishing last under Ron Roenicke during the pandemic-shortened season, Cora was re-hired and welcomed back a year later.

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