According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Boston Celtics will likely suspend coach Ime Udoka for the whole 2022–23 season.

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The team's code of conduct was allegedly broken by Udoka's alleged "improper, intimate and consensual connection" with a female employee, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported late Wednesday.

According to ESPN, assistant coach Joe Mazzula will probably be chosen interim coach, with a declaration anticipated as soon as Thursday.

In the NBA, coaching bans are incredibly uncommon. Mike Batiste, a Washington Wizards assistant, received a two-game punishment last year for entering the stands, and Mike Budenholzer and Jason Kidd both received a one-game suspension for actions that occurred during a game.

It would be rare for a coach to receive a lengthy suspension, especially one that is imposed by the club.

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 favourite to win the title.

That might alter given the uncertainty surrounding Udoka's condition. This is just the most recent problem to affect Boston in what has evolved into a turbulent offseason. The Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant and standout forward Jaylen Brown have been linked in trade rumours.

signing of a free agent While competing for the Italian National Team, Danilo Gallinari suffered an ACL tear. Robert Williams III, the starting centre, is recovering from knee surgery and won't be present for training camp.