The Celtics suspend their coach for a year for a relationship with a co-worker

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Celtics suspend their coach for a year for a relationship with a co-worker

In just a few months, Ime Udoka He has gone from becoming one of the fashionable coaches in the NBA after leading, after a 12-year absence, the Boston Celtics to the Last NBA final, in which they ended up losing to Golden State Warriors, to be a headache. The Celtics, one of the historic clubs in the US league, reported this Thursday the suspension of Udoka for the 2022-2023 NBA season for “violating the internal rules” of the franchise.

Udoka had a consensual relationship with a co-worker, a member of the staff's technical staff, but that consensual relationship goes against the rules of the organization and those responsible for the < strong>Celtics have acted accordingly, in a decision that is unprecedented in the NBA.

“The Boston Celtics announced that the team has suspended manager Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 season for violating rules “The suspension is effective immediately,” explains the statement released by the Boston franchise.

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“I apologize”

In a statement through the sports network, ESPN, Udoka himselfassumed His mistake: “I want to apologize to our players and fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for putting the team through this difficult situation, and I accept the decision. Out of respect for all involved, I will not more comments”.

The Celtics have not communicated the name of Udoka's replacement, although it is assumed that it will be his replacement. Joe Mazzulla, 34, who has been an assistant head coach in Boston the past three seasons and was among the finalists a year ago to take over.

As a player, < strong>Udoka played in the ACB League in two different stages in Gran Canaria and in Murcia, and as a coach he worked as a coach. in San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets as an assistant.