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Fans call for sacking of former Nets coach after bombshell reveal

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Ime Udoka spent a season as an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets in 2020-21 before accepting a head coaching position with the highly decorated Boston Celtics franchise the following season. In his rookie season as head coach, Udoka not only met his expectations, he far exceeded them. After losing to the Nets in five games in the first round in 2021, Udoka and the Celtics retaliated last season, sweeping the Nets in the first round en route to their first NBA Finals since 2010.

But as fast as Udoka could reach the top of the mountain, he can fall just as fast. NBA insider Shams Charania reports that Udoka had an “improper” relationship with a Celtics employee.

“Celtics coach Ime Udoka had an inappropriately intimate and consensual relationship with a female member of the team’s staff, sources say [The Athletic]” Shams tweeted on Sept. 22. “It was ruled a violation of the franchise’s code of conduct.”

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ESPN-NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski says the Celtics are likely to suspend Udoka for an extended period because Udoka’s behavior is a direct violation of team rules.

“Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is facing disciplinary action that is expected to include a substantial suspension for his role in a consensual, intimate relationship with an employee of the franchise, sources told ESPN Wednesday night,” Wojnarowski writes per ESPN.

For some fans, however, a long suspension isn’t harsh enough as a punishment for Udoka’s actions. Some are calling for the Celtics head coach to be fired immediately over his behavior.

Udoka had been in a relationship with famous actress Nia Long since 2010, and the two became engaged only to be married in 2015. Long and the Celtics coach were split ahead of this new revelation.

“Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka and his partner are believed to have been separated before current sources report [Bally Sports]” Robinson tweeted on Sept. 22.

“Celtics players have been aware of the current issue with their coach for a few days and were informed earlier this week.”

With the Celtics just two wins away from another championship banner in Boston, they should be among the top contenders for the NBA title in 2023. However, that prediction was contingent on Udoka being her coach as he played a key role in getting her to the final last year.

With the length of his suspension undecided, the Celtics’ season could be over before it even started. Wojnarowski notes that there is a possibility that Udoka will be suspended for the entire season.

“The relationship was deemed to be in violation of organization policies and a decision on the length of this suspension is expected to be made as early as Thursday, sources said,” Wojnarowski added.

“While no final decision has been made, internal discussions have included scenarios that would keep Udoka out for the entire 2022-23 season, sources said.”

All eyes will be on the Celtics as fans await the verdict on Udoka’s suspension. It could be a decision that rocks the entire Eastern Conference landscape.

All eyes will be on the Celtics as fans await the verdict on Udoka’s suspension. It could be a decision that rocks the entire Eastern Conference landscape.

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