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of Boston Celtics In the 2022-23 season, coach Ime Udokan may ban them entirely. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Udoka had an “inappropriate, intimate and consensual relationship” with a female employee who violated the group’s code of conduct. Athletic Shams Charania He reported late Wednesday.

Assistant coach Joe Mazzula will likely be named interim coach. on ESPNThe announcement is expected on Thursday.

Coaching suspensions are rare in the NBA. Washington Wizards Assistant Mike Batiste was suspended two games last season for entering the stadium, and both Mike Budenholzer and Jason Kidd received one-game suspensions for conduct that occurred in the same game. A long suspension imposed on a coach, especially by a team, would be unprecedented.

Udoka took over as the Celtics’ first-time head coach last season and despite a 23-24 start, he led the team to a 28-7 record and an eventual appearance in the NBA Finals. The Celtics came in short, but they were going to be the favorite to win the championship this season.

If Udoka’s status is unclear, that could easily change. It’s the latest in a tumultuous offseason for Boston. Star forward Jaylen Brown has publicly commented on his involvement and trade rumors Brooklyn Nets Star Kevin Durant. Free agent signing Danilo Gallinari tore his ACL while playing for the Italian national team. Starting center Robert Williams III is recovering from knee surgery and is expected to miss training camp.

Now, the Celtics may be without their coach for the rest of the season. If suspended, Boston’s road to a repeat trip to the Finals becomes even more perilous.

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