Celtics suspend coach Ime Udoka for one year for “violating internal rules”

The Boston Celtics announced this Thursday that they have suspended the coach My name is Udoka for the 2022-2023 NBA season for “violating the internal rules” of the franchise.

“The Boston Celtics announced that the team has suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 season for violating team rules. A decision on his future will be made later. The suspension has immediate effect,” says the statement published by the franchise

Udoka, who led the Celtics to the NBA Finals last year, in his first experience as a coach in the league, will not be able to coach in the upcoming season, which is set to begin on October 19.

The official statement on the coach’s suspension comes after news broke in the United States that Udoka had had a consensual relationship with a female team member.

Born in Portand in 1977, Udoka competed in Gran Canaria and Murcia in his playing career and, in his coaching career, he worked for the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets as an assistant coach.

The Celtics did not announce the name of Udoka’s replacement, although it is possible that it will be Joe Mazzulla, 34 years old, who was the assistant coach for the last three years.

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