- The Celtics hired Ime Udoka as their coach last season
- Led the Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first tenure as head coach
- Udoka was previously an assistant coach with the Spurs, 76ers and Nets
Boston Celtics head coach Imae Udoka is reportedly facing disciplinary action ahead of training camp.
Udoka violated organizational guidelines and his disciplinary action could include a possible “significant suspension,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Discussions are ongoing within the Celtic board before a final decision is made.
Penalties will be decided internally by the club and the league will not be involved, Yahoo Sports Report
A Celtics coach had an inappropriately intimate and consensual relationship with a female staff member, which is considered a violation of the franchise’s code of conduct, an unnamed source told The Athletic. Bleacher Report. however, International Business Times Could not independently verify information.
Udoka’s sentence is likely to be announced by Thursday. However, Udoka’s job is reportedly not at risk.
Udoka joined the Celtics last year after Danny Ainge retired and Brad Stevens moved into the team’s front office as president of basketball operations. The 45-year-old coach, who is preparing for his second season as the Celtics’ head coach, went 51-31 in the regular season last year and led the Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first tenure.
However, the Celtics lost to the Golden State Warriors 4–2 in the Finals. Prior to his appointment, the Nigerian-American served as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets between 2012 and 2021.
The Celtics will host their media day Monday before training camp begins the following day in Boston. The Celtics open their 2022-23 NBA season on October 18 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to media outlets, they are reportedly planning to sign big man Luka Samanic to a non-guaranteed training camp deal. Celticware. It came just one day after they waived Bruno Caboclo. The forward joined the Celtics in NBA free agency over the summer.
The arrival of Croatian basketball player Samanic will add depth to the Celtics for the upcoming season, especially with his 29.4% career 3-point shot at the NBA level. Samanic recorded a remarkable 27.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 41.5% from deep on nearly six attempts per game last season with the Westchester Knicks.