Before the start of a new season, a news completely shook the NBA and the world of sports. The Boston Celtics, one of the most successful franchises and finalists in the last tournament, officially announced the suspension of the coach My name is Udoka.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the coach was facing possible disciplinary action for “violating internal rules” of the Massachusetts institution. Later, journalist Shams Charania added that the former Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings, among others, “had an inappropriate intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team’s staff,” something that the franchise considered inappropriate and outside the codes of conduct.
“The Boston Celtics announce that the team has suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 season for violating team guidelines. A decision on his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. The suspension takes effect immediately,” the club confirmed in a statement.
Almost simultaneously, the Celtics coach broke the silence. “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire organization of the Celtics and my family for disappointing them. I regret having put the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Por respeto a todos los involvedos, I will not have more comments”, he commented.
The news also repercutio in the world of show business, ya que Udoka has been in a relationship since 2010 with actress Nia Long, who rose to fame for his participation in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (The Prince of Rap), along with Will Smith and Boyz in the Hood. Together they had Kez Sunday, in November of the following year.
Given this scenario, in addition to the fact that his main assistant, Will Hardy, became the coach of the Utah Jazz, the season of the Boston Celtics could be led by Joe Mazzulla. The 34-year-old man came from different universities in the NCAA Div. II.
Ime Udoka, after seven years as an assistant to Gregg Popovich in the San Antonio Spurs, plus one season in the Philadelphia 76ers and one in the Brooklyn Nets (also as an assistant), took charge of the Massachusetts team in the 2021-22 season, in the one that took his squad to the finals after 12 years of waiting.
Although they fell by 4 to 2 to the Golden State Warriors in the definition of the tournament, they prevailed against the Miami Heat of Jimmy Butler, the Milwaukee Bucks of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Brooklyn Nets of Kevin Durant. In the regular season they finished with a record of 51-31.
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