For Violating Team Guidelines Ime Udoka of the Celtics may receive a “major suspension.”

Ime Udoka, the Celtics coach, might be suspended for breaking team rules, a league source revealed late Wednesday night. The source declined to comment further on Udoka’s condition but said it is probable that the discipline will be resolved soon.

Early on Thursday morning, The Athletic reported that Udoka, 45, had an inappropriate personal and consenting connection with a female team employee. Udoka and actress Nia Long have a son, age 11, and have been engaged since 2015.

Celtics' Ime Udoka could face 'significant suspension' for violating team guidelines
Celtics’ Ime Udoka could face ‘significant suspension’ for violating team guidelines (Source: FoxNews)

Udoka’s employment is not in danger, according to ESPN, but a ban is imminent and might be revealed as soon as Thursday.

Udoka guided the Boston Celtics to the Eastern Conference final in his debut season with the organization last year, where they defeated the Miami Heat to go to the NBA Finals. In the end, the Golden State Warriors would triumph.

The Celtics finished 51-31 and were the second seed in the Eastern Conference going into the playoffs.

Celtics' Ime Udoka could face 'significant suspension' for violating team guidelines
Celtics’ Ime Udoka could face ‘significant suspension’ for violating team guidelines (Source: FoxNews)

Udoka took the team to the NBA Finals in his first season as an NBA head coach after a difficult start that had the Celtics in risk of missing the playoffs the previous season. He came in fourth in the Coach of the Year voting. He earned the respect and trust of his players with his strict, demanding, and accountability-based leadership style.

If Udoka is suspended, it’s unclear which Celtics assistant would step in. The logical candidate would have been Will Hardy, Boston’s top assistant last year, but in June he was named head coach of the Jazz. Ben Sullivan was the head coach of Boston’s Las Vegas summer league squad in July and served as an assistant with the Bucks during their 2021 NBA championship run. Joe Mazzulla, a rising coaching star, interviewed for Utah’s post before this summer’s promotion to a bench position on Udoka’s staff.

The Celtics, who are led by First Team All-NBA selection Jayson Tatum, have bolstered their youthful, talented team with the additions of veterans Malcolm Brogdon and Danilo Gallinari. Last June, they came within two victories of winning the NBA championship.

Gallinari, who was competing for Italy in a FIBA World Cup qualifier when he tore his ACL, would likely miss the entire campaign. The Celtics then revealed on Tuesday that center Robert Williams, who missed a month last spring after tearing his meniscus, will have a second left knee operation and miss 4-6 weeks of action.

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