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There reportedly are “no ensures” relating to Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka’s future standing following information from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that he’ll probably be suspended for all the 2022-23 season due to a violation of organizational guidelines associated to a “consensual relationship with a feminine workers member.”
Wojnarowski made the remarks on SportsCenter Thursday:
“There’s not going to be any ensures after a yr of what the longer term would possibly appear like for Udoka,” Wojnarowski stated partly (2:00 mark).
Udoka, 45, simply completed his first season because the Celtics’ head coach after spending 9 years as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.
Boston received its first Japanese Convention title since 2010 underneath Udoka, who propelled the C’s to a 26-6 regular-season end en path to a second-place mark within the East standings.
Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will “probably” take over because the crew’s interim head coach, per Wojnarowski.
Mazzulla, 34, joined the Celtics as an assistant in 2019 when Brad Stevens was nonetheless the top coach. Stevens has since moved into the entrance workplace to run basketball operations, however Mazzulla stayed on when Udoka got here aboard.
Mazzulla was a head coach at Division II Fairmont State from 2017-19, compiling a 43-17 report and main the crew to the NCAA event in his second yr. He was additionally as an assistant for the Celtics’ G League affiliate, the Maine Pink Claws (now Celtics), in 2016-17.
The chance is there for Mazzulla if he’s in truth named the crew’s head coach. Even when Udoka comes again in 2023, Mazzulla could possibly be auditioning for an additional head teaching job elsewhere within the league if he does nicely sufficient in Boston this yr. And if Udoka would not come again, then he could possibly be in line to guide the Celtics long run.
Boston opens the season on Oct. 18 towards the Philadelphia 76ers.