Celtics’ Ime Udoka could face ‘significant suspension’ for violating team guidelines: report


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Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka could face a “significant suspension” for violating the organization’s guidelines.

It’s not clear what violation occurred, but ESPN reports that “possible disciplinary action” is being discussed by the Celtics.

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Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka looks on during Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 16, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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ESPN also noted that Udoka was not at risk of losing his job, but a suspension is looming and could be announced as early as Thursday.

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, middle left, talks to players during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Basketball Finals against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco on Sunday June 5, 2022.

Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka, middle left, talks to players during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Basketball Finals against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco on Sunday June 5, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

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In his first season with the Celtics last year, Udoka led Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals, where his team beat the Miami Heat to advance to the NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors would eventually win.

The Celtics entered the playoffs as the number two seed in the Eastern Conference, with a 51-31 record.

Head Coach Ime Udoka celebrates during Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 16, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Head Coach Ime Udoka celebrates during Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals on June 16, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Udoka became the fifth coach in the past 25 years to advance to the finals in his first year as head coach.


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