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Marcus Smart isn’t happy that the Boston Celtics are letting Ime Udoka go the Brooklyn Nets season

Smart is frustrated with the Celtics handling of the Ime Udoka situation as he appears to be closing in on the Nets vacant head coach position
Marcus Smart & Ime Udoka

Marcus Smart & Ime Udoka

The Boston Celtics have gotten their 2022-23 season off to a good start and look to be well on their way to contending for a title again this season. Despite their decision to suspend their head coach, Ime Udoka, for the entire season for having a consensual relationship with a Celtics employee, the Celtics don't look much worse for wear and figure to continue to be one of the top teams in the league throughout the season.

Udoka appears set to be the Nets' next head coach, and Smart isn't happy

For all intents and purposes, Udoka's replacement, Joe Mazzulla, seems to have gotten off to a good start with the C's. But that doesn't mean the team doesn't miss Udoka, who guided the Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first season at the helm. With the Brooklyn Nets firing Steve Nash on Tuesday afternoon, though, it seems like the Nets have settled in on Udokda as their next head coach, with an agreement expected to be reached within the next few days.

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This has caused a great amount of backlash from fans around the NBA, and you can count Celtics starting point guard Marcus Smart among the crowd of folks who are confused and upset with the whole ordeal. Boston's players don't know much more than the rest of the world knows about why Udoka was suspended, and Smart expressed his frustration with the Celtics' inconsistencies regarding their management of the Udoka situation.

Smart has good reason to be upset with the Celtics' handling of the Ime Udoka situation

The whole situation with Udoka is strange because nobody still has a clear-cut reason as to why he was suspended for the entire season. Again, he was suspended by the Celtics, not the NBA, so it's not as if Udoka wouldn't be able to coach for the Nets this season if they hired him. He could immediately get to work with Brooklyn if Boston allows him to leave.

That's why Smart is so frustrated with this situation. Everyone has said that Udoka would likely never coach again because of what he did with the Celtics, but nobody from within the organization has revealed the full report on why he was suspended, and they are about to let him leave for Brooklyn without lifting a finger. Not a lot about this situation adds up right now.

Udoka isn't officially the Nets' next head coach, but it appears to be trending that way, which would create an even stranger dynamic in an already chaotic Nets locker room. The Celtics are moving on without Udoka, but Smart's comments indicate that they don't know why that's the case. Whatever ends up happening here, we certainly haven't heard the last of the Udoka situation, and it will be interesting to see how his tenure with the Nets goes if they decide to hire him.

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