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Joe Mazzulla has been named the interim head coach for next year.
The Boston Celtics have announced what’s been speculated for the last 24 hours – head coach Ime Udoka has been suspended for the 2022-23 NBA season. Lead Assistant Joe Mazzulla will act as interim head coach in the meantime.
Reports have come out that Udoka was involved in an intimate but consensual relationship with a team staffer who has not been named or identified. This is a punishment from the Boston Celtics organization and not the NBA itself as its a violation of the team’s policy.
Ime Udoka also released a statement upon the official announcement’s release:
NEW: Statement from Celtics coach Ime Udoka pic.twitter.com/MFutFx7c3l
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) September 23, 2022
The wording of Udoka’s statement doesn’t seem to contradict the reporting about the nature of the suspension, so do with that information what you will. Per the Celtics’ report, the team will make a decision about his future “at a later date,” which suggests that the suspension may not be the end of this saga.
The Celtics open the season with Media Day on Monday, September 26th at 12 p.m. ET. Interim Head Coach Joe Mazzulla as well as Brad Stevens and all of the players will have plenty to talk about when the time comes.