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Celtics announce major suspension news for Ime Udoka

Ime Udoka looking on

Dec 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka looks on during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics on Thursday night announced the discipline for coach Ime Udoka.

Udoka has been suspended for the entire season for “violations of team policies.” The team is making assistant coach Joe Mazzulla their interim head coach.

Although brief, the announcement contains a few interesting details.

One, the statement says Udoka committed multiple violations of team policies, not a singular violation. That could contribute to the length of the suspension.

Two, the team is not making any promises about bringing Udoka back after the season. Perhaps their mentality is that if the team does well under Mazzulla, they won’t have a reason to bring back Udoka.

Though the team has not shared any information about the reason for the suspension, a report says Udoka had an improper intimate but consensual relationship with a team employee.

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

1 outcome has reportedly been ruled out with Celtics’ Ime Udoka situation

Ime Udoka coaching the Celtics

Mar 23, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka watches from the sideline as they take on the Utah Jazz in the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Ime Udoka’s immediate future with the Boston Celtics remains totally up in the air, but at least one outcome appears to be off the table.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reports Thursday that the Celtics head coach Udoka does not plan to resign from his post. Udoka continues to await sanction though amid his scandal that has rocked the organization.

Udoka, who led Boston to the Finals last season, was revealed this week to have violated Celtics team guidelines by engaging in an improper intimate (but consensual) relationship with a female employee of the team. As a result, Udoka could reportedly be suspended by the Celtics for the entire 2022-23 season. We already know who will likely take over as Boston’s interim coach in that event.

Other details about the Udoka scandal remain scarce, leading to rampant speculation from the public. One female Celtics employee has already had her name cleared though.

Stephen A. Smith pulls race card on Celtics over Ime Udoka situation

Stephen A Smith reports from the sideline

Dec 18, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith broadcasts before a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen A. Smith is furious with the Boston Celtics over the way they have handled the Ime Udoka situation, and the ESPN personality believes race is a factor in that.

Udoka is expected to be suspended for the entire 2022-23 season. The 45-year-old coach is said to have violated the Celtics’ code of conduct by having a consensual intimate relationship with another team employee. During Thursday morning’s edition of “First Take,” Smith unloaded on the Celtics for allowing the information about Udoka to get out. He pulled the race card while arguing that the public has no right to know about Udoka’s alleged affair.

“I got news for you, America, there’s plenty of white folks in professional sports that are doing their thing. And I say that not complimentary,” Smith said. “I don’t see the information out about them. Why are we talking about this now? We gotta talk about it because it’s the news. It ain’t none of our damn business — unless you fire him. But if you keep him, it’s none of our business. It should have never been put out there by the Celtics organization.”

Smith added that he is not excusing the behavior “especially if it involves married folks and stuff like that,” but he seems to think the Celtics should not have leaked information about the alleged affair if they are planning to keep Udoka around. He feels the situation is “none of the public’s damn business” if it involves two consenting adults.

We still don’t know exactly what it is that Udoka did, but Smith was talking in circles. Was he saying the Celtics should have just fired Udoka without explanation after he led the team to the NBA Finals? Or, without knowing what the alleged conduct was, is Smith saying it should have been ignored? Even he probably doesn’t know.

One thing is for sure — this is not the first time Stephen A. has pulled the race card.

Celtics employee Allison Feaster has name cleared amid Ime Udoka rumors

Ime Udoka looks over

Apr 25, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka coaches against the Brooklyn Nets during the second quarter of game four of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Ime Udoka situation has unwillingly dragged many Boston Celtics female employees through the mud, unfairly making them targets of speculation. But one such woman has had her name cleared after being targeted by many online users.

Udoka could be suspended a year by the Celtics for having an improper intimate but consensual relationship with a team employee that violated the franchise’s code of conduct. Immediately, internet sleuths began searching to see if they could uncover the identity of the other team employee involved in the relationship.

Allison Feaster was unfairly dragged into the situation and became the face of accusations by some on the internet. The 46-year-old former WNBA player has been the Celtics’ vice president of Player Development and Organizational Growth since 2019, according to her LinkedIn.

Though there were some uninformed Twitter users accusing Feaster of being involved with Udoka, veteran ESPN reporter Marc Spears said on Twitter Thursday morning that Feaster is not involved in the matter.

The Celtics have been quiet on the matter and kept details private, while Udoka has similarly been quiet.

The Celtics could end up having to name an interim coach for the season in response to the news.

Ex-NBA champion coach could join Celtics amid Ime Udoka drama?

Ime Udoka on the sideline

Oct 31, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics may be in desperate need of some experience on their coaching staff this upcoming season, and there are rumblings that they could add a former NBA champion to the mix.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated said Thursday that the Celtics may try to add former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel to their staff. While assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is expected to serve as interim head coach during Ime Udoka’s impending suspension, Vogel has a relationship with Celtics president of basketball operations Brad Stevens and is available.

The Celtics have not made any official announcements, but reports indicate Udoka will be suspended for the entire 2022-23 season. The 45-year-old coach is said to have violated the team’s code of conduct by having a consensual intimate relationship with another team employee. Mannix said it is even possible that Udoka could resign.

Vogel coached the Los Angeles Lakers from 2019 until he was fired at the conclusion of last season. He led the team to an NBA title during the bubble season in 2019-20. Vogel, 49, was the head coach of the Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers before being hired by L.A.

Report: Celtics to name interim coach for 2022-23 season

Ime Udoka looking on

Dec 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka looks on during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is facing a lengthy suspension, and the team has reportedly decided who will replace him during the ban.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday that Udoka will be suspended for the entire 2022-23 season. Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over in the interim. An official announcement is expected from the Celtics in the near future.

Udoka is facing a suspension for violating the Celtics’ franchise guidelines. According to one report, the 45-year-old coach had an improper intimate but consensual relationship with a team employee, which was deemed in violation of the franchise’s code of conduct.

In his first year as head coach of the Celtics last season, Udoka led the team to the NBA Finals. Losing him for a full year is a major blow to one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference.

While it is unclear if something changed recently, Udoka had been in a relationship with actress Nia Long for years. The two confirmed their engagement in 2015 and share a 10-year-old son together.

Reason for Ime Udoka’s impending suspension revealed

Ime Udoka coaching the Celtics

Mar 23, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka watches from the sideline as they take on the Utah Jazz in the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The reason for Ime Udoka’s impending suspension from the Boston Celtics has been revealed.

A report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski emerged on Wednesday night saying Udoka was going to be suspended by the Celtics for a violation of franchise guidelines. The nature of the violation was not disclosed. However, a subsequent report from Shams Charania shared the reason for the discipline.

Charania said that Udoka had an improper intimate but consensual relationship with a team employee, which was deemed in violation of the franchise’s code of conduct.

Udoka was a first-year coach with the Celtics last season and led the team to the NBA Finals. They would have loathed to lose him to some serious discipline after he did so well last season, but now we know the matter.

Woj has already reported about who might replace Udoka while the coach is suspended.

One aspect of the situation that has been discussed is that Udoka has been in a longtime relationship with famous actress Nia Long.

Candidate to replace Ime Udoka as Celtics’ interim coach revealed

Joe Mazzulla in a press conference

A candidate to serve as the Boston Celtics’ interim coach while Ime Udoka is suspended has been revealed.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a bombshell report on Wednesday night. He said that Udoka was facing a suspension for violating Celtics organizational guidelines.

Woj later appeared on “SportsCenter” to discuss the matter and implied that Udoka will likely be suspended to start the season. Woj noted that the Celtics lost top assistant coach Will Hardy to the Utah Jazz. He also said that current Celtics assistant Joe Mazzulla could be next up for any time Udoka is out.

“Joe Mazzulla moved up on the Celtics’ bench … certainly think that’s a name that oculd be a possibility to become essentially Ime’s replace for as long as he is out with the suspension,” Woj said.

Mazzulla’s name should be familiar for those who follow college basketball. The 34-year-old played college ball at West Virginia. He was part of their team that upset Duke in 2008 and that made the Final Four run in 2010.

Mazzulla was hired by the Celtics in 2019. Udoka was hired by Boston last year and led them to the NBA Finals in his first season.

Ime Udoka facing discipline from Celtics for violating organizational guidelines

Ime Udoka looking on

Dec 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka looks on during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

After a sensational rookie season as head coach of the Boston Celtics, Ime Udoka now faces discipline from the team.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Wednesday that Udoka is facing possible disciplinary action from the Celtics for an unspecified violation of organizational guidelines. Wojnarowski adds that a final decision is still coming but that Udoka’s discipline could include a significant suspension.

The 45-year-old Udoka is entering his second season as head coach of the Celtics. He led the team to the NBA Finals last year, successfully steering them past a turbulent 20-21 stretch in the first half of the season. Udoka is also a popular coach among the Celtics players and went viral during their playoff run for some of his inspirational moments.

Udoka lost his top assistant this offseason in Will Hardy, who left to become head coach of the Utah Jazz. Udoka’s remaining assistants include former NBA guard Damon Stoudamire, Joe Mazzulla, Ben Sullivan, Aaron Miles, and the newly-hired Mike Moser (previously an assistant for the Oregon Ducks). It seems likely that one of those assistants would step in for the Celtics if Udoka is suspended for the start of the 2022-23 season.

Celtics could sign ex-All-Star center amid Robert Williams injury?

Robert Williams during a game

Nov 1, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) reacts during the second half against the Chicago Bulls at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics may be moving quickly after getting punched in the mouth by the Robert Williams news.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Tuesday on “NBA Today” that the Celtics had some interest in seven-time All-Star big LaMarcus Aldridge this summer. Wojnarowski notes that Boston has an open roster spot and that Aldridge is unsigned, indicating that the Celtics may rekindle that interest.

It was revealed earlier in the day Tuesday that Williams, Boston’s 24-year-old starting center, will be having arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome left knee. The procedure is expected to sideline him for a notable period.

Aldridge is 37 now but still produced last season for the Brooklyn Nets with 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He is also a slightly bigger body than the other aging former All-Star already in the Celtics frontcourt (36-year-old Al Horford).

The veteran Aldridge previously played under Boston coach Ime Udoka in San Antonio when Udoka was an assistant coach on the Spurs. Additionally, Aldridge was teammates with current Celtics Derrick White (on the Spurs) and Noah Vonleh (on the Brooklyn Nets). Still, Aldridge signing in Boston would be a surprise given that a very different outcome is expected for him.