Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is set to face disciplinary action for an unspecified violation of organizational guidelines, as per multiple reports on Wednesday. This reprimand is set to include a significant suspension for Udoka. The Celtics will be taking a call on the length of that suspension as soon as Thursday, but the disciplinary action wouldn’t lead to Udoka's firing as per sources.
Boston hired the 45-year-old last offseason before which from 2012-2021, he was an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets. In his first year as head coach, Udoka took the Celts to their first Eastern Conference title since 2010, but Boston lost to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
ESPN ’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported saying, “Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is facing possible disciplinary action – including a significant suspension – for an unspecified violation of organizational guidelines. Discussions are ongoing within the Celtics on a final determination.”
Similarly, Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe confirmed the report and the suspension. He posted, “Celtics coach Ime Udoka is facing a likely suspension for a violation of team rules, a league source confirms. @wojespn first to report the news.”
Boston Celtics are nearly a month away from starting their 2022-23 season on 18 October at home against the Philadelphia 76ers. But this new development could significantly affect the team. But this is not the only major issue, the Celts are facing as their starting centre and defensive focal point Robert Williams III is expected to miss four-to-six weeks while undergoing a cleanup on the knee that affected him during last year’s playoff run.