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Brad Stevens answers 1 big question related to Ime Udoka suspension

Brad Stevens with his arms extended

Apr 22, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts following a call during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks in game four of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens was the head coach of the team before he moved to the front office and hired Ime Udoka. Naturally, some have wondered if Stevens would consider returning to the sideline now that Udoka has been suspended for at least the entire 2022-23 season.

That is not going to happen.

Stevens was asked on Friday if there is a scenario where he could step in to help coach the Celtics if they struggle under interim head coach Joe Mazzulla. He said that is “absolutely not” going to happen, though owner Wyc Grousbeck joked that it came up in conversation.

Stevens coached the Celtics for eight seasons from 2013-2021. His tenure was successful, as he compiled a 354-282 regular-season record and led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals three times. Many were surprised when he stepped down and transitioned to a front office role.

The Celtics announced on Thursday that Udoka has been suspended for violating team rules, though they did not reveal specifics. A report said Udoka had an improper intimate but consensual relationship with another team employee.

Udoka, 45, led the Celtics to the NBA Finals last season, which was his first season on the job.

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