After being let go for violating company policies, Ime Udoka will be succeeded as interim coach of the Boston Bruins by Joe Mazzulla, who was previously Udoka’s assistant.
It was made public, therefore it can now be considered official. The Celtics will not have Ime Udoka as their head coach during the 2022-2023 season. As a result of breaking the franchise’s internal regulations, the 45-year-old technician will not be allowed to work during any part of the upcoming season. There are no further details included in the press release issued by Boston, but other sources, including ESPN and The Athletic, have already removed the curtain on the reasons for this suspension. These sources speak of an intimate relationship that was consented to with a female staff member.
In addition, the team that has won 17 NBA championships says that a “decision on Udoka’s future beyond the upcoming season will be taken later,” and it emphasizes that “the suspension takes effect immediately.” Who will start on the bench for the NBA vice-champions in place of Ime Udoka? According to Adrian Wojnarowski, his assistant, Joe Mazzulla, will take over as interim manager of the team that Bill Russell played for before his untimely death. The team has not made any official announcements as of yet.
Finalist for his first year on the bench
During his playing career, Udoka won an NBA championship with the Spurs alongside Tony Parker and Boris Diaw. After retiring from the game, he worked as an assistant coach in San Antonio, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn before taking over as head coach of the Celtics at the beginning of the previous season. He led Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and the rest of the team to the final, where they were defeated by Golden State in four games.