Boston Celtics have suspended Ime Udoka for the entire season.
In an official statement made by the team, the Celtics revealed that Udoka would be suspended for the upcoming season. On top of that, they noted that they would make a decision on Udoka’s future with the team at a later date.
”The Boston Celtics announced today that the team has suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violations of team policies. A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. The suspension takes effect immediately,” the statement said.
Udoka joined the team last summer when Danny Ainge retired (for a brief stint).
He led the Celtics on a run to the NBA Finals and finished fourth in NBA Coach of the Year voting.
With training camps opening soon, the punishment likely means Celtics assistant coach Joe Mazzulla would serve as interim coach for the 2022-23 campaign.
Udoka replaced Brad Stevens last year after Stevens was promoted to president of basketball operations for the Celtics following the departure of Danny Ainge.
Udoka played seven seasons in the NBA, the last four with San Antonio before his playing career ended in 2011.
He had stints as an assistant coach with San Antonio, Philadelphia and Brooklyn before taking charge of the Celtics in June 2021.