The Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the complete 2022-23 NBA season on Thursday, noting his future with the group after the suspension will probably be decided at a later date. The choice comes after the 45-year-old allegedly had an intimate and consensual relationship with a feminine member of the group’s employees, sources instructed The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The group is predicted to call assistant coach Joe Mazzulla the interim head coach for the approaching season.
Just days earlier than the Celtics are set to open coaching camp, the group faces uncertainty. To analyze the potential fallout of the scenario, Celtics beat writers Jay King and Jared Weiss joined forces for a roundtable dialogue.
Jay King: I don’t know how one can begin aside from — Wow. I can’t bear in mind any story within the NBA fairly like this one.
In current league historical past, I imagine solely the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors entered the season with an interim head coach after reaching the NBA Finals within the earlier season. The circumstances have been solely completely different there. Luke Walton stepped in as a result of head coach Steve Kerr was recovering from two offseason again surgical procedures. During Kerr’s absence, the Warriors gained their first 24 video games of the season and went 39-4 underneath Walton. They went on to set the NBA regular-season file with 73 wins earlier than falling to the Cavaliers within the finals.
The Celtics scenario is far, a lot messier. Udoka did extra than simply complicate the group’s short-term management. He muddied the group’s future.