Not the best of times for Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka with disciplinary action expected to significant suspension for his role in a consensual, intimate relationship with a woman who is a member of the franchise’s staff, according to report.
The relationship was considered a violation of the organization’s guidelines, and this could land Ime Udoka a lengthy suspension. No final decision has been made on the scenario but internal discussions have included scenarios that would keep Udoka out for the entirety of the 2022-23 season, sources said.
Udoka’s top assistant coach, Will Hardy, left to become coach of the Utah Jazz, and another Jazz finalist, Celtics assistant Joe Mazzulla, would likely be in serious consideration for an interim role.
Ime Udoka only joined the Celtics last summer after spending time with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets as an assistant coach following his NBA playing career.
Udoka replaced Brad Stevens as coach. Stevens moved upstairs to be Boston’s president of basketball operations after his predecessor in that job, Danny Ainge, chose to leave the organization.