The Boston Celtics have suspended second-year head coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 NBA season for violations of the team's code of conduct, the organization announced on Thursday night.
Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will serve as the team's interim head coach in Udoka's absence, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A decision about Udoka's longterm future with the team beyond the 2022-23 season, the Celtics said, "will be made at a later date." Udoka issued an apology in a vague statement.
"I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down," Udoka said, via ESPN's Malika Andrews.