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Celtics coach Ime Udoka facing lengthy suspension for violation

Last year, Udoka led the Celtics to the NBA Finals.

Ime Udoka, the coach of the Boston Celtics, is being investigated for violating the team’s code of conduct after engaging in an “improper, intimate and consensual relationship” with a female employee, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Udoka’s job is not believed to be in danger, but a suspension is imminent and a decision regarding its duration may be made as soon as Thursday.

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How common is a coach suspension?

In the NBA, coaching suspensions are incredibly uncommon. Mike Budenholzer and Jason Kidd each received one-game suspensions for actions that occurred during a game, and Washington Wizards assistant Mike Batiste received a two-game suspension from the league last season for entering the stands. It would be unprecedented for a coach to receive a lengthy suspension, especially one that is imposed by the team.

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Ime Udoka

As the Celtics’ first-time head coach last year, Udoka oversaw a 23-24 start for the team but rallied his players to a fantastic 28-7 finish and a spot in the NBA Finals. Despite losing, the Celtics were expected to start this season as the betting favorite to win the title. 

That might change given the uncertainty surrounding Udoka. This is just the most recent problem to affect Boston in what has evolved into a turbulent offseason. In response to trade rumors involving himself and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, forward Jaylen Brown made a public statement. In response to trade rumors involving himself and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, forward Jaylen Brown made a public statement. Danilo Gallinari, a free agent signing, tore his ACL while representing Italy’s National Team. Robert Williams III, the starting center, is recovering from knee surgery and won’t be present for training camp.

The Celtics’ coach might now be absent for a sizable chunk of the season. If he is ultimately suspended, Boston’s chances of returning to the Finals become even more bleak.

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Nischal Bahuguna
Nischal Bahugunahttp://thesportslite.com
Nischal is a martial arts practitioner and loves the technical aspect of martial arts. Here at The Sports Lite he technically reviews UFC fights. He is pursuing a career in marketing and enjoys exploring off-road trails, going on weekend hikes, and having new experiences.
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