The Boston Celtics still have yet to make an official ruling on Head Coach Ime Udoka’s punishment for the violation he made against team rules. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Udoka is likely to be suspended for the entire upcoming season.

Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is likely facing a suspension for the entire 2022-2023 season for his role in a consensual relationship with a female staff member, sources tell ESPN. A formal announcement is expected as soon as today.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 22, 2022

Wojnarowski followed that up by adding that assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is expected to his spot as the team’s interim head coach.

Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is likely to become Boston’s interim coach for the season, sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 22, 2022

The Celtics will go into this coming season without a fair amount of the basketball prowess from the coaching staff that they did last season, with Udoka expected to be suspended all season long and Will Hardy agreeing to become the next head coach of the Utah Jazz. The Celtics could roll into the season with Mazzula and the rest of the assistants, but they could also look to find experience on the open market.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported that the Celtics may look to bring in Frank Vogel as a means to bring some coaching experience to their staff. Mannix also brought up that Vogel may join the Celtics because of his relationship with Brad Stevens.

Don’t be surprised if Frank Vogel is considered for the Celtics bench. Joe Mazzulla is expected to be elevated, but the staff is thin with head coaching experience. Vogel has a longstanding relationship with Brad Stevens.

— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) September 22, 2022

Vogel was an assistant coach for the Celtics from 2001 to 2004 and has been a head coach for three NBA teams: the Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won a championship in 2020.

Vogel was fired shortly after the Lakers missed the playoffs last season and has remained available since being let go.

Ime Udoka Not Resigning

After Wojnarowski reported that the Celtics were likely to suspend Udoka for the season, Mannix reported that Udoka had considered resigning as head coach.

Ime Udoka has considered the possibility of resigning, sources told @SInow. Internally, coaches and staff members are …read more



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