October 1, 2022
NBA: Celtics coach suspended and out of 2022/23 season |  NBA

NBA: Celtics coach suspended and out of 2022/23 season | NBA

The Boston Celtics announced Thursday evening the suspension of coach Amy Odoka for violating internal guidelines for the franchise. With that said, the coach will miss the entire 2022/23 NBA season. Odoka, 45, reportedly had a consensual intimate relationship with a Celtics employee. The information was initially disclosed by journalist Adrian Wojnarowski, of ESPN in the United States.

According to the memo published by Boston, the decision on Ime Udoka’s career future will be made “soon”. The team will be reintroduced to pre-season training next week. The campaign’s first game will take place on October 18.

Odoka led the Celtics to the 2022 Eastern Conference title, losing to the Golden State Warriors in the last of the NBA Finals. It was his first year as a head coach for the franchise, after seven years as an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs under mentor Greg Popovich, one year with the Philadelphia 76ers and one year with the Brooklyn Nets.

Boston Celtics coach, Aime Odoka – Photo: Jim Davis/The Boston Globe

The Celtics have not won the East since 2010. Led by Jason Tatum, Jalen Brown and Marcus Smart, the team was delighted with a turnaround performance that began in January and a fast sprint to the NBA stage in June.

For the new season, signings with the likes of Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari make the Celtics one of the top favorites to win the title again.