Pushing the Boston Celtics back into the NBA Finals and taking another step stumbles out of the gate.
Celtics coach Emi Udoka is facing a potential “significant” suspension for allegedly violating team rules by having consensual but inappropriate intimacy with a Celtics crew member, according to multiple reports.
From ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Sources told ESPN Wednesday night that the Boston Celtics coach faces disciplinary action that is expected to include a significant suspension for an unspecified violation of regulatory guidelines. Sources said the Celtics are expected to reach a decision on the duration of this suspension as soon as Thursday, but Odoka’s mission is not believed to be in jeopardy.
Woj then added that Udoka might be off the whole season.
Shams El Shaaraniya of The Athletic filled in the details.
It is not clear who will take over the temporary training duties and run a training camp during the suspension period. However, Woj suggests it could be Joe Mazzulla, but also among the employees: Damon Stoudamire, Ben Sullivan, Aaron Miles and Tony Dobbins.
Udoka was to hire Brad Stevens to replace himself when Stevens jumped into the front office, and in his first season he led the Celtics to 51 wins and a trip to the NBA Finals. Odoka did it by focusing on defense – the Celtics’ defense was 5.4 points per 100 ownership better last season than the year before (a Robert Williams appearance helped).
Boston has upgraded its off-season roster with the addition of Malcolm Brugdon, and expectations are high. How significant the relapse proves is that this is not yet clear, but it is not a perfect start.
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