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Celtics coach Ime Udoka ponders career-changing move amid drama: report

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After all the following speculation Report by Adrian Wojnarowski that the Boston Celtics head coach was in hot water with the team for violating organizational rules, Wojnarowski later reported that Udoka is likely to be suspended for the entire season for participating in a consensual relationship with an organization employee.

The Celtics have not announced anything yet, but with Udoka likely to be out for the season, more details such as who will take his place as head coach for the time being will follow soon. While those details will emerge soon enough, Udoka’s hiatus from the Celtics doesn’t appear to be temporary.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, Udoka has considered potentially stepping down from his role as Celtics head coach.

If Udoka did that, the Celtics would have to look for a third head coach in the last three years, which is no easy task. Especially knowing what both Udoka and Brad Stevens did during their time as Celtics head coaches.

Udoka may never forget this as he also returns to the sidelines as Celtics head coach. With his suspension, the Celtics have made it clear that while they punish him for his actions, they don’t want to lose him.

After reporting that Udoka is likely to be suspended for the season, Wojnarowski added that assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is set to step in as the team’s interim head coach.

Mazzulla played college basketball for West Virginia University from 2006 to 2011. Since graduating from college, he has worked his way up as a basketball coach, beginning by becoming an assistant on the Glenville State University men’s basketball team. He has been linked with the Celtics since 2016 when he was the assistant coach of the Maine Red Claws. After serving as the head coach of the Fairmont State University men’s basketball team, the Celtics hired him as an assistant in 2019.

Mazzulla clearly made an impression on the league when he was interviewed by the Utah Jazz for the opening of their head coach earlier this summer before the Jazz selected former Celtics assistant WIll Hardy.

With Udoka suspended, this could possibly be Mazzula’s biggest break as a coach as he coaches a team fresh from an NBA Finals appearance.

In addition to reporting that Udoka could step down as head coach, he added that Frank Vogel could join the Celtics’ coaching staff due to the current lack of coaching experience on the staff and his relationship with Brad Stevens

Not only does Vogel have experience as a head coach — such as he was for the Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Lakers — but he also has experience as an assistant coach for the Celtics, having been exactly that for the team from 2001 through 2004 during the Jim O ‘Brien days.

Though the Lakers have endured a disastrous season in which Vogel was their head coach, he also coached them to their 17th championship as a franchise two years earlier. He not only has coaching experience, but also playoff success.

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