BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season, efficient instantly, and with no assure he might be again with the franchise sooner or later.
The Celtics stated Thursday night time that Udoka was suspended for “violations of team policies.” Earlier Thursday, two folks with information of the matter stated Udoka was being sanctioned due to an improper relationship with a member of the group. These folks spoke to The Related Press on situation of anonymity as a result of the staff didn’t reveal that element publicly.
“A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the Celtics stated.
Udoka, in a press release printed by ESPN, apologized however didn’t provide element.
“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment,” he stated.
One of many individuals who spoke with The AP stated Celtics assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over on an interim foundation.
It’s the second main disciplinary scenario in as many weeks within the NBA, following the choice final week by Commissioner Adam Silver to droop Robert Sarver — the proprietor of the Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury — for one 12 months and nice him $10 million after an investigation confirmed his sample of disturbing office conduct, together with abusive and racist language. Sarver stated Wednesday he intends to promote his groups.
Reynolds reported from Miami.
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