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“The final chapter of Udoka's coaching career has not been written.” — Adrian Wojnarowski discusses the challenges for Ime Udoka and the Boston Celtics

Adrian Wojnarowski throws light on Ime Udoka's options amidst one-year suspension issued by the Boston Celtics.
Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka

Ime Udoka

The Boston Celtics have confirmed that head coach Ime Udoka will serve a one-year suspension after being found guilty of violating the franchise's code of conduct. Udoka was caught having a consensual intimate relationship with a female staff member, the disclosure of which has put the Celtics in a tough spot.

However, the fact that the Celtics have not given a verdict on the head coach's return next season has left many people scratching their heads.

"That's something that Brad Stevens, ownership, at some point is going to have to address - about how open-minded they really are to bringing Udoka back as their head coach," Adrian Wojnarowski said on SC with SVP. "And some of this might be legal protection for the Celtics. You know, not committing to Udoka's return."

What are Ime Udoka's options?

Ime Udoka had an impressive start to his head coaching career, taking the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. He seemed to grasp the locker room well, getting the best out of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart.

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Today, NBA team owners and general managers understand the value of a good coach that can build a solid bond in the locker room. Udoka has been that guy for the Celtics franchise, and undoubtedly other franchises have noticed his work.

"The final chapter of Udoka's coaching career has not been written. This is not going to be a death knell for him," Wojnarowski assured. "It could be the end in Boston, but this is a coach who made an incredible impression on people - what he did in Boston last season, getting them to the NBA Finals."

Who will fill Ime Udoka's shoes for the 2022-23 campaign?

The Celtics chose to suspend Udoka instead of firing him, which puts the head coaching position in the hands of one of the assistant coaches. Brad Stevens trusts Joe Mazzulla to be the interim head coach, given how closely he worked with the team last season.

"This is somebody who I know Brad Stevens really believes in and somebody who, if he wasn't going to be the interim head coach here in Boston this year, was on his way to be a head coach elsewhere," Wojnarowski said about Mazzulla on NBA Today.

Mazzulla has had multiple assistant coaching stints across the NCAA and G League and held a head coach position for two seasons at Fairmont State University. He's been an assistant coach on the Celtics' staff since 2019.

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