Imae Udoka and the Boston Celtics may be out sooner than they think. Several NBA executives believe he will not return as a head coach after his one-year suspension.
Despite losing the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics look to be one of the best teams in the league once again. They signed a few players during the offseason, such as Malcolm Brogdon, Danilo Gallinari and Blake Griffin. Until the news of Celtics head coach Ime Udoka broke last month, Boston was on the right track to a great start to the season.
He allegedly violated team policy and had an intimate relationship with the teams female coaching staff. The team immediately suspended Udoka when the news broke. It continues to look dire for Udoka and his future with the Celtics, or even the NBA as a whole, is in jeopardy. Udoka regretted his actions and the unwanted stress and attention he brought to the Celtics.
“I want to apologize to our players, our fans, and the entire Celtics organization and family for the disappointment they have caused,…” I am sorry to have put the team through this difficult situation, and I accept the teams decision. Out of respect for all concerned, I have no further comment. – Ime Udoka
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) September 30, 2022
It’s crazy that some teams don’t know the full details and still consider hiring this guy as their future head coach. At least get all the facts first. The consensus is that Udoka will not return to Boston after being suspended for a year. Even former NBA players are weighing in on the situation.
“He’ll be lucky to coach in the NBA when everything turns out for Ime Udoka.”
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) September 29, 2022
Ime Udoka’s future with Boston is almost certainly over. For the entire 2022-23 season, he will be sitting at home and watching from his bed like the rest of us. He could be suspended for up to a year from being a head coach in the NBA Finals and unable to coach the Celtics again. This was not how the two sides wanted their future to begin.