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    Getty Ime Udoka, Boston Celtics Despite the fact the Boston Celtics have suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the upcoming season, it would seem his stock remains high around the league. According to a September 30 report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, multiple other NBA teams have shown an interest in Udoka’s services, and have been trying to do their due diligence with the Celtics front office to figure out the extent of the head coach’s organizational violations. “There are teams that have tried to gather a preliminary understanding of the full explanation for Udoka’s suspension in preparation for possibly evaluating him for future coaching employment, sources told ESPN,” Wojnarowski wrote in his latest report. While Wojnarowski’s report doesn’t name the potentially interested teams, it will be interesting to see how the saga plays out over the next twelve months, and Boston’s front office hasn’t ruled out terminating Udoka’s contract before his suspension expires. ESPN Sources: The law firm probe into Celtics coach Ime Udoka found crude language in his dialogue w/ a female subordinate prior to start of...
    Getty Head coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics addresses the media. When the Boston Celtics announced that they had suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season, they also added in their announcement that Udoka’s future with the team would be determined at a later date. pic.twitter.com/ySo5wGKrfX — Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 23, 2022 This doesn’t mean they are going to fire Udoka, but it doesn’t mean they won’t either. Details continue to remain scarce regarding what exactly had happened behind closed doors. However, those who are in the know believe that Udoka’s actions may signal the end of his tenure as the Celtics’ head coach, but the end of his time as an NBA head coach, period. Ethan Strauss of House of Strauss revealed what an NBA agent told him following Udoka’s actions coming to light. “Given that report and everything else said in private, an agent friend of mine delivered a verdict on Ime Udoka’s NBA head coaching prospects: ‘He’s done.’ “My guy’s not the only one saying it. This is how many...
    Getty Ime Udoka and Grant Williams of the Boston Celtics. For the past few days, Boston Celtics fans have been sent off on a roller coaster of emotions. After hearing news that Danilo Gallinari and Robert Williams would both miss a ton of time, they then learned that Ime Udoka would be suspended from the team. He engaged in an intimate relationship with a team staff member, and upon inspection, the team deemed the situation to be a violation of the organization’s code of conduct. In turn, they suspended him for the upcoming season, and his future in Boston is uncertain. With Udoka being suspended, the Celtics promoted assistant coach Joe Mazzulla to interim head coach. He was named Udoka’s lead assistant when Will Hardy left to be the head coach of the Utah Jazz. After the team announced the move, Celtics forward Grant Williams gave his seal of approval by liking a tweet with the news. This was the tweet Williams liked: The Celtics have reportedly named Joe Mazzulla interim head coach. pic.twitter.com/Q2X5NcGPU2 — Celtics on NBC...
    Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka's longtime fiancé Nia Long was reportedly blindsided by his reported affair with a female member of the team's staff, resulting in his year-long suspension, even though the club had confronted him with its investigation months ago. Long, the 51-year-old former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star, had moved to the Boston area two weeks ago with the couple's 10-year-old son and had recently been house hunting with Udoka, according to TMZ. She reportedly was unaware of the allegations until the last few days, even though the Celtics had been investigating the matter with Udoka's knowledge for months, TMZ reports. Now, through her spokeswoman, Long is asking for privacy. 'The outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means so much to me,' Long told TMZ through her spokeswoman. 'I ask that my privacy be respected as I process the recent events. Above all, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.' Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka's longtime fiancé Nia Long was reportedly blindsided...
    Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka will receive a 'significant financial penalty' in addition to his one-year suspension following 'multiple violations' of Celtics' conduct rules, the team's majority owner Wyc Grousbeck has confirmed. Grousbeck and President of basketball operations, Brad Stevens, faced the media in the aftermath of suspending their head coach for the entirety of the 2022-23 season.  His enforced sabbatical lasts until June 30, 2023 with a decision on his future as head coach to be determined at a later juncture.  The second-year coach, who led the C's to the NBA Finals in his debut season, is alleged to have had an affair with a female staff member within the Celtics organization.  Stevens elucidated the Celtics have a duty to look after women in their organization following the saga, amidst a wave of 'rampant bulls***.'  'We have a lot of talented women in our organization and I thought yesterday was really hard on them,' Stevens said of the rumor and innuendo surrounding Udoka and potentially involved parties.  Stevens faced the press alongside Celtics majority owner Wyc Grousbeck on Friday...
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images The Boston Celtics have suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-2023 season over an alleged affair he had with a team staffer. In a statement released by the team, the Celtics explained that Udoka violated team policies. “The Boston Celtics announced today that the team has suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-2023 season for violations of team policies. A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. The suspension takes effect immediately.” pic.twitter.com/ySo5wGKrfX — Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 23, 2022 It has been reported by the Athletic’s Senior Lead NBA Insider Shams Charania that Udoka allegedly made unwanted comments towards an unnamed female staffer. Which prompted an internal investigation. Udoka released a statement to ESPN’s Malika Andrews after the team’s announcement. “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved,...
    Getty Joe Mazzulla, Boston Celtics The Boston Celtics have made the decision to suspend Ime Udoka for the upcoming season, and have since appointed assistant coach Joe Mazzulla as their interim head coach with immediate effect. Mazzulla, 34, has been with the Celtics since 2019 and has developed a strong relationship with the team’s roster during that time, while also getting the opportunity to coach Boston’s 2021 Summer League team – where he took them to the Summer League finals before losing to Davion Mitchell and the Sacramento Kings.  In terms of his relationship with Boston’s star players, Mazzulla has received glowing praise over the years, none more prevalent than Jayson Tatum’s assessment of the then assistant coach during the NBA Finals. Play Jayson Tatum: "I didn't say that…No, I'm f*cking with you." ????Reporter: "Ime Udoka said players said ‘we need to keep Joe Mazzulla’ on the coaching staff. Why did you feel that way?" Jayson Tatum: "I didn't say that." *Pause* JR: "No, I'm f*cking with you. I love Joe… He's helped me out tremendously as a...
    Boston Celtics have suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season for a violation of the team's policies, the organization confirmed Thursday night.   Reports say he engaged in a consensual intimate relationship with a female member of the team staff. A statement released by the Celtics confirmed reports that the suspension would last the entire NBA calendar but a decision on his future with the franchise would be made 'at a later date'.  The statement read: 'The Boston Celtics announced today that the team has suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violations of team policies.  'A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. The suspension takes effect immediately.'  Udoka apologized to the players, fans and team for 'putting the side in a difficult situation' in statement released Thursday night.   'I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,' Udoka's statement read. 'I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I...
    The Boston Celtics officially announce that head coach Ime Udoka is suspended for the entire 2022-23 season for a relationship with a team staff member. On Wednesday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka was facing a suspension for the entire 2022-23 season for what was initially described as a violation of organizational guidelines. Later reports indicated that Udoka had a consensual intimate relationship with a female member of the female staff. The Celtics released a statement on Thursday night, officially announcing that Udoka is suspended for the entire 2022-23 season for “violations of team policies.” Additionally, the team said that they will make a decision on Udoka’s future at a later date. pic.twitter.com/ySo5wGKrfX — Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 23, 2022 Celtics suspend head coach Ime Udoka for 2022-23 season Udoka released a statement following the announcement, via ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” writes Udoka. “I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept...
    Celtics head coach Ime Udoka (left) did not agree with a referee (right) in the second quarter during a game between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors, Game Six of the NBA Finals at the TD Garden in Boston on June 17, 2022.Jim Davis | Boston Globe | Getty Images Boston Celtics Coach Ime Udoka has been suspended by the team for a consensual intimate relationship with a woman employed by the franchise. Ime Udoka has coached the Celtics for one season, leading the organization since former head coach Brad Stevens left the role to become president of basketball operations. He oversaw the teams Eastern Conference championship and a failed NBA Finals bid against the Golden State Warriors. Udoka is likely to be replaced by assistant coach Joe Mazzulla, who would take on the role as interim head coach. The team's top assistant coach, Will Hardy, left the team in June for a head coaching job with the Utah Jazz. This is breaking news. Check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Getty Ime Udoka, Head coach of the Boston Celtics looks on against the New York Knicks. On the eve of September 21, ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that former New York Knicks forward and current head coach for the Boston Celtics, Ime Udoka, is facing “possible disciplinary action” for violating “organizational guidelines.” ESPN Sources: Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is facing possible disciplinary action – including a significant suspension – for an unspecified violation of organizational guidelines. Discussions are ongoing within the Celtics on a final determination. pic.twitter.com/1QZb0k326F — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 22, 2022 Though at first, information on the matter was deemed “unspecified”, since the initial report surfaced more details on the matter have been brought to light, with The Athletic’s Shams Charania sharing on his official Twitter account that the violation at hand is due to an “improper intimate and consensual relationship” Udoka held with a member of Boston’s staff. Celtics coach Ime Udoka had an improper intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. It’s been...
    Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is reportedly facing a significant suspension for having an inappropriate relationship with a team staffer. ESPN first broke the news late Wednesday night that Udoka could be facing possible disciplinary action — “including a significant suspension” — for violating an unspecified team organizational guideline. Shortly after, The Athletic reported Udoka had “an improper and intimate consensual relationship with a female member of the team staff,” which violates the Celtics’ code of conduct. An Udoka suspension appears imminent, with the only looming question being the length of his forthcoming absence. Udoka is not in danger of losing his job, but missing the entire 2022-23 season is on the table, according to ESPN. Udoka took the Celtics job after spending one season as Steve Nash’s top assistant coach in Brooklyn. He quickly rose amongst the ranks as one of the NBA’s top tacticians and helped turn Boston into the NBA’s No. 1 defense in the second half of last season. His Celtics swept the Nets out of the first round in the Eastern Conference playoffs...
    Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is reportedly facing a potential season-long suspension over an improper, consensual affair with a female member of the team's staff.  Udoka is married to actress Nia Long, who gave birth to the couple's son in 2015.  Long and Udoka were 'believed to have been separated prior to current issue,' according to Bally Sports' Brandon Robinson.    ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported the looming suspension, writes that Udoka's job is not in jeopardy. However, the team considers the relationship to be a violation, and a decision on the length of the ban could come Thursday.  The Athletic's Shams Charania first reported that Udoka had 'an improper intimate and consensual relationship' with a female member of the team staff. ESPN has since confirmed that reporting.  Team spokespeople did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment. The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach has confirmed that Udoka is facing a suspension for a violation of team rules, although his sources did not reveal the specific violation.  Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka could be facing a potential suspension days before the start...
    Getty Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics. In just his first season as a head coach in the NBA, Ime Udoka helped lead the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals. He became just the fifth rookie head coach since the turn of the century to lead their team to the Finals in their first year, joining David Blatt (Cleveland Cavaliers, 2015), Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors, 2015), Ty Lue (Cavaliers 2016), and Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors, 2019). Coaches to make NBA Finals in their 1st yr as head coach since 1980 Paul Westhead, 1980: wonPat Riley, 1982: wonMike Dunleavy, 1991: lostPaul Westphal, 1993: lostDavid Blatt 2015: lostSteve Kerr 2015: wonTyronn Lue 2016: wonNick Nurse, 2019: wonIme Udoka, 2022: ??? — Baron Damm (@barondamm) May 30, 2022 Before joining the Celtics, Udoka spent most of his time as an assistant under Gregg Popovich on the San Antonio Spurs. After seven seasons there from 2012-2019, Udoka spent one year with the Philadelphia 76ers and another with the Brooklyn Nets. But all throughout his journey, Udoka was determined to become a...
    Getty Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics’ current series against the Milwaukee Bucks has been a battle. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum usually make headlines, but the coaching and team-oriented play in the series has been phenomenal. Neither team has been able to win back-to-back games in the series, as both teams have made adjustments to counter their opponent. Boston went from doubling Antetokounmpo in Game 1 to playing him one-on-one with Al Horford and Grant Williams. Milwaukee has adjusted their rotation throughout the series, switching between heavy minutes for guys like Grayson Allen, Bobby Portis, George Hill, and Jevon Carter. It’s safe to say that both coaches have had their hands full. Despite this, Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green isn’t happy with the way credit has been doled out. During a rant on Twitter, Green pointed out the lack of exposure Udoka received on Sportscenter compared to Mike Budenholzer. I just watched Bucks/Celtics highlights on SC. They showed something about Mike Buldenholzer and then some of the Celtics players talking about the game....
    The Boston Celtics aren’t having a great season and, as their struggles keep on going, Celtics head coach Ime Udoka believes he knows the reason. This season hasn’t been great for the Boston Celtics or their fans, but at least it seems like Celtics head coach Ime Udoka has been able to figure out why. Following the Celtics embarrassing collapse in a loss to the New York Knicks, Udoka spoke out, blaming the issue on his team lacking “mental toughness.” According to an article from ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, Udoka didn’t hold back. When presented with an opportunity to address what was going on with his team in losses like this, Udoka responded, saying “I think it’s a lack of mental toughness to fight through those adverse times.” Considering how the Celtics once held a sizable lead over the Knicks, it’d be fair to say that Boston was clearly lacking something as the Celtics collapsed and fell short against a pretty mediocre New York team.Boston Celtics struggles continue as they collapse against New York KnicksUdoka has plenty of experience both as...
    The essential Garth Brooks playlist 30 Best Cities for Young Professionals It wasn't the home opener the Boston Celtics were hoping for. Backing up after a draining double-overtime loss to the New York Knicks, the Celtics were run out of TD Garden by the Toronto Raptors, 115-83. New head coach Ime Udoka didn't hold back with his assessment of the performance. "I said to the group that's as ugly as it can get," said Udoka. "One thing I can't stand as a coach is getting punked out there. I felt they basically came out and punked us, outplayed us, played harder than us, all the things we talked about." "They came out and punked us" ???????? Coach Ime Udoka did not mince words when asked about the Celtics loss tonight vs Toronto???? pic.twitter.com/gcjhMYwzN8— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) October 23, 2021 The Celtics were jeered off the floor by their home fans, with the Celtics now 0-2 on the season. "You don't want to overreact and panic. We're going to stay together and keep our head up....
    All-Pro Reels/CC BY-SA 2.0 Jarell Christian, then a Washington Wizards assistant, visits with members of the Brooklyn Nets before a 2020 home game. The Boston Celtics‘ affiliate club in Portland, Maine hasn’t hit the court since March 11, 2020 — the night before COVID-19 shut down the NBA. When the team finally makes its return for the 2021-22 campaign after skipping the G League bubble, it will do so with a new name and a new head coach. The name we’ve known for some time; gone is the Red Claws moniker in favor of a shared Celtics designation. However, the team didn’t officially lock down a coach until this week. Per an announcement out of Boston on Thursday, the Maine Celtics have officially hired former Washington Wizards assistant Jarell Christian to be their man on the sidelines. “I’m just excited to be a part of the Celtics franchise. It’s historic and the legacy, it speaks for itself,” Christian said during his introductory press conference, via Celtics.com. “I’m grateful and I’m humbled that Brad [Stevens] and Ime [Udoka] are...
    BOSTON (CBS) —  By all accounts, Jayson Tatum is going to really enjoy being coached by Ime Udoka in Boston. The new Celtics head coach is already putting in some work with his star player, as Udoka and Tatum are both part of the United States Men’s National Team in the Tokyo Olympics. That work included Udoka D-ing up on Tatum while Team USA was training in Las Vegas. And although Udoka was known mostly for his defense during his NBA playing days, the 43-year-old was no match for Tatum. READ MORE: Jayson Tatum On Olympics: Only Thing That Matters Is That We Win The Gold Medal JT vs Coach U ????????☘️ ???? @usabasketball pic.twitter.com/UXWvB4Q6kX — Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 17, 2021 Tatum made sure to poke fun at his new head coach when chatting with reporters from Tokyo on Thursday. READ MORE: Celtics Reportedly Interested In Signing Knicks Swingman Reggie Bullock “He was trying to guard me, but he didn’t have too much luck,” Tatum said of Udoka’s defensive abilities last week. Ouch. Don’t be surprised if Udoka...
    Jay Williams came under fire Wednesday after an odd tweet about Ime Udoka becoming the next head coach of the Boston Celtics. Williams, who serves as a basketball analyst for ESPN after his NBA career was cut short, congratulated Udoka for becoming the first "coach of color" for the Celtics. Udoka is set to replace Brad Stevens as Boston’s head coach after Stevens moved to the front office to replace Danny Ainge. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "The first head coach of color for the @celtics … & even more importantly … he is one talented individual who has paid his dues," Williams’ tweet read. However, the tweet was way off and later deleted. Doc Rivers was the coach before Stevens and led the Celtics to an NBA championship in 2008. M.L. Carr coached Boston for two seasons from 1995 to 1997. K.C. Jones was Boston’s head coach from 1983 to 1988 and won two titles with the team. Tom Sanders served as an interim coach for Boston after Tommy Heinsohn. The legendary Bill Russell was also...
    The Boston Celtics are reportedly on the brink of hiring Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Ime Udoka as their new head coach. The Boston Celtics have identified their new head coach. The Celtics have undergone massive changes since the end of the season. President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge announced his retirement at the beginning of June. Then-head coach Brad Stevens was tapped to replace him in the front office. Before the team had even settled on a head coach, Stevens made a splash by trading a heartbroken Kemba Walker and a first-round draft pick to the Thunder for Al Horford. Next: 3 More Moves For The Celtics To Make
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Celtics have found their new leader on the bench, as the team is reportedly set to hire Ime Udoka as the team’s new head coach. The Celtics are finalizing a deal with the 43-year-old Udoka, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. READ MORE: Kemba Walker Reportedly Heartbroken Over Being Traded By Celtics The Boston Celtics are finalizing an agreement to hire Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka as the franchises new coach, sources tell ESPN. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2021 READ MORE: Danny Ainge Puts $4.5 Million Wellesley Home On The Market Udoka has no head coaching experience, but he has plenty of experience as an assistant, not to mention a seven-year playing career in the NBA. He has also coached core Celtics players Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart before, serving as an assistant for Team USA in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Udoka comes to Boston after a serving as an assistant in Brooklyn and Philadelphia the previous two seasons, following an eight-year run in San Antonio on Gregg Popovich’s staff. He...
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