Celtics brass: 'Well-justified' Udoka suspension, appoints Mazzulla as interim head coach

Celtics brass: ‘Well-justified’ Udoka suspension, appoints Mazzulla as interim head coach

Calling Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka’s suspension for the 2022-23 season “well warranted,” team leaders added few details or specifics on Friday about the situation that put him on the hook. gap, but named his interim replacement. The Celtics announced that the team had suspended Udoka for the 2022-23 season “for violating team policies”, adding that “a decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. later date”. Citing privacy concerns, Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck said he would not comment further on the situation or the rumours. “(The suspension) is well justified and appropriate and supported by substantial research, evidence and facts, and I stand by the decision and Ime has accepted it,” Grousbeck said. Grousbeck said the Celtics organization first became aware of the situation in July and the investigation concluded earlier this week. Udoka has been suspended until June 30, but it’s unclear what will happen after that. “We’re not going to talk about the long term because nothing has been decided,” Grousbeck said. everyone ready to go on Tuesday when we start a new season,” said team president Brad Stevens. Stevens also confirmed that Joe Mazzulla, a native of Rhode Island and current assistant coach, will take over as interim head coach. behind them and his ability to organize and understand all that comes with running a team for a season,” Stevens said. Grousbeck said no further suspensions, penalties or sanctions are expected as part of the investigation. Udoka’s suspension comes after he made unwanted comments towards a woman in the organization with whom he had an inappropriate relationship, according to a new report. According to Athletic, the Celtics were made aware in July of a consensual relationship between Udoka and a woman. staff member of the team, but recently the woman accused Udoka of making unwanted comments towards her. Earlier, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the relationship was seen as a violation of the organization’s guidelines. In a statement reported by ESPN’s Malika Andrews, Udoka offered an apology but little additional information. “I want to apologize to our players, our fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said. “I’m sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.” League sources have also confirmed that Udoka will not resign. and the support of my family, friends and community during this difficult time means a lot to me. I ask that my privacy be respected as I deal with recent events,” said Nia Long, Udoka’s longtime fiancée and mother of his son. “Above all, I am a mother and I will continue to focus on my children.” Udoka was on the Spurs staff from 2012 to 2019, winning it all in 2014, and he quickly found his place on shortlists for open head coaching positions. He spent the 2019-20 season in Philadelphia and the 2020-21 season in Brooklyn. before the Celtics hired him in June 2021 as the successor to Brad Stevens – who moved to the front office. In the freshman year, Udoka finished fourth in Coach of the Year voting and the Celtics came within two championship wins Boston, the defending Eastern Conference champions, are expected to host a day media on Monday and open training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the Oct. 18 season opener.

Calling Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka’s suspension for the 2022-23 season “well warranted,” team leaders added few details or specifics on Friday about the situation that put him on the hook. gap, but named his interim replacement.

The Celtics announced that the team had suspended Udoka for the 2022-23 season “for violating team policies”, adding that “a decision regarding his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. later date”.

Citing privacy concerns, Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck said he would not comment further on the situation or the rumours.

“(The suspension) is well justified and appropriate and supported by substantial research, evidence and facts, and I stand by the decision and Ime has accepted it,” Grousbeck said.

Grousbeck said the Celtics organization first became aware of the situation in July and the investigation concluded earlier this week.

Udoka has been suspended until June 30, but it’s unclear what will happen after that.

“We’re not going to talk about the long term because nothing has been decided,” Grousbeck said.

“It’s a really, really difficult situation, but we’re going to focus on the future and take care of what we need to sort out so that everyone is ready to go on Tuesday when we start a new season,” said the team president, Brad Stevens.

Stevens also confirmed that Joe Mazzulla, a native of Rhode Island and current assistant coach, will take over as interim head coach.

“He is an exceptionally sharp and talented person and I strongly believe in him and his ability to lead people, his ability to galvanize a room and support them and his ability to organize and understand all that comes with management. of a team for a season,” Stevens said.

Grousbeck said no further suspensions, penalties or sanctions are expected as part of the investigation.

Udoka’s suspension reportedly comes after he made unwanted comments towards a woman in the organization with whom he had an inappropriate relationship, according to a new report.

According to The Athletic, the Celtics were made aware in July of a consensual relationship between Udoka and a female staff member of the team, but recently the woman accused Udoka of making unwanted comments to her.

Earlier, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the relationship was seen as a violation of the organization’s guidelines.

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In a statement reported by ESPN’s Malika AndrewsUdoka issued an apology but little additional information.

“I want to apologize to our players, our fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down,” Udoka said. “I’m sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 10: Boston Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla talks to Carsen Edwards #4 during a game against the Denver Nuggets in the 2021 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 10 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Celtics beat the Nuggets 107-82.

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League sources have also confirmed that Udoka will not resign.

“The love and support of family, friends and the community during this difficult time means a lot to me. I ask that my privacy be respected as I process recent events,” said Nia Long, the fiancée Udoka’s longtime mother and mother to her son, “Above all, I am a mother and I will continue to focus on my children.”

Udoka spent most of his NBA playing career with San Antonio, then joined Spurs coaching staff Gregg Popovich as an assistant. Udoka was on the Spurs staff from 2012 to 2019, winning it all in 2014, and he quickly found his place on shortlists for open head coaching positions.

He spent the 2019-20 season in Philadelphia and the 2020-21 season in Brooklyn before the Celtics hired him in June 2021 as the successor to Brad Stevens – who moved to the front office. In the first year, Udoka finished fourth in Coach of the Year voting and the Celtics came within two championship wins.

Boston, the defending Eastern Conference champions, are scheduled to hold a media day on Monday and open training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the Oct. 18 season opener.


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