Boston Celtics head coach Amy Odoka is facing potentially significant suspension after he violated team policy by having an intimate relationship with an employee, according to multiple reports, which comes just months after leading the team to the NBA Finals.
ESPN and Athletic reported that disciplinary discussions are underway at the Celtics organization after discovering a consensual relationship that violated the team’s guidelines, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.
Among the options is a ban that would keep Udoka out of the entire 2022-23 NBA season, according to ESPN, although the team is not considering firing him.
The final decision on disciplinary action may come Thursday.
The Celtics team could not be reached for comment.
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NBA training camps are set to begin at the end of the month. The Celtics’ regular season opener will be against Philadelphia 76ers on October 19.
Odoka led the Celtics to a record 51-31 in the regular season before his NBA Finals run that shocked many league watchers last season, and Odoka was the Celtics’ first coach. This run represented a massive turnaround in the team’s fortunes from the previous year, when the Celtics finished 36-36 in a Covid-shorted season and were knocked out by the playoffs in the first round. The team’s appearance in last year’s World Cup was the first since 2010. Odoka’s tenure comes after he played more than ten years as a professional basketball player, which included stints with five NBA teams.
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