Celtics Suspend Head Coach Ime Udoka For 2022-23 Season

Sep 22, 2022, 7:27 PM | Updated: Oct 11, 2022, 10:28 am


Head coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter in Game Six of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 16, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Boston Celtics announced that head coach Ime Udoka has been suspended for the entire 2022-23 NBA season for violations of team policies.

Boston announced the move on Thursday, September 22.

“The Boston Celtics announced today that the team has suspended Head Coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season for violations of team policies,” the Celtics said in a statement. “A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date. The suspension takes effect immediately.”

Udoka led the Celtics to the NBA Finals last season, his first season as Boston’s head coach.

ESPN’s Malika Andrews tweeted the following statement from Udoka following the Celtics’ announcement:

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down. I am 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.” – Ime Udoka¬†

Udoka was suspended for having a consensual and intimate relationship with female on on the Celtics’ team staff, according to The Athletic and ESPN.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Celtics assistant Joe Mazzulla will serve as Boston’s interim head coach during Udoka’s suspension. Mazzulla was a candidate for the head coaching position with Utah before the Jazz hired fellow Celtics assistant Will Hardy earlier this offseason.

Udoka played at the College of Eastern Utah, now known as Utah State Eastern, from 1995-97. He finished his college career at San Francisco and Portland State.

He went on to play in the NBA and overseas from 2000-2012.

In 2012, Udoka became an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs. He also spent time as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets before getting hired by the Celtics in 2021.

Last season, Udoka led the Celtics to a 51-31 regular season record and coached them to an appearance in the NBA Finals. On their way to the Finals, the Celtics took down Eastern Conference powers in the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Miami Heat. The Bucks were the defending NBA champions before getting eliminated by the Celtics. Boston was defeated in six games by the Golden State Warriors.

The Celtics begin the preseason against the Charlotte Hornets on October 2.


Dwyane Wade Jimmy Butler...

Chandler Holt

Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler Embrace Before Game Three Of NBA Finals

Before the NBA Finals tipped off in south beach, Miami Heat legend and Utah Jazz part owner Dwyane Wade shared a hug with Jimmy Butler.

1 day ago

Miami Heat comeback...

TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer

Miami Heat Are On A Comeback Run Like Few Others In This Year’s NBA Playoffs

The easiest way to explain what the Miami Heat are doing in the comeback department during these playoffs is to look at the numbers.

2 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Report: Jazz Associate General Manager Hired As Suns Assistant Coach

Jazz associate general manager David Fizdale's stop in Utah will only last one season, according to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.

3 days ago


Tim Reynolds, AP

Heat Roar Back In 4th Quarter, Beat Nuggets In Game 2 Of NBA Finals

The Miami Heat evened up the NBA Finals by overcoming a monster effort from Nikola Jokic to beat the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 on Sunday night.

4 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Utah Jazz Guard Collin Sexton Launches ‘Always More’ Docuseries

Collin Sexton launched an original docuseries to give fans "an exclusive behind-the-scenes look as I explore what Utah has to offer."

4 days ago


Chandler Holt

Walker Kessler Asks Nikola Jokic Questions At NBA Finals Media Day

Ahead of game two of the 2023 NBA Finals, Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler attended media day to ask Nikola Jokic some questions.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.

ksl sports logos...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.

Celtics Suspend Head Coach Ime Udoka For 2022-23 Season