Ime Udoka was the breakout coach in the NBA last season. After a shaky start to life in Boston, the head coach bounced back with the team and led them all the way to the NBA Finals in the 2021-22 season, where they eventually fell short to the Golden State Warriors.
While he was in the headlines for all the right reasons in the 2021-22 season, the same cannot be said for the ongoing offseason. The 45-year-old finds himself in deep water because of a reported relationship with a staff from the Celtics. This scandal certainly has left the community in shock, and Udoka's future looks to be in some sort of jeopardy.
Boston Celtics Suspend Head Coach Ime Udoka
It seems like the Celtics head coach can't catch a break right now. After widespread criticism after the revelation, it has been revealed that the Celtics organization is taking some major action against Udoka for his conduct.
The Athletic's Shams Charania recently reported that the Celtics have indeed suspended Udoka from the team for the entire season.
This is certainly massive news for the Celtics as well as Udoka. Boston, who looked like a powerhouse heading into the 2022-23 season, will now have to look for a head coach for the team. Given how successful Udoka was in such a short time, replicating the same level of success will certainly be tough. While the team does have options like former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel to name a few, can the team replicate the same level of success?
As far as the 45-year-old is concerned, this suspension will certainly slow down his coaching career in the NBA for a long time. Given that he looked all set to dominate with the Celtics, missing out on an opportunity to contend with the team is a huge blow for the head coach.