Celtics Addresses Ime Udoka’s One-Year Suspension for Violating Team Policies: Takeaway from the Boston Press

The Boston Celtics addressed the media on Friday morning for the first time since coach Aimee Odoka made the announcement It will be suspended for the 2022-23 season. To summarize what is known at this time, Odoka allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with another Celtics employee, and has since He confessed for his sins and apologized. While both parties initially led the team to believe that the relationship was consensual, the woman later accused Odoka of making unsolicited comments, which led to a series of internal interviews, according to Shams Al Shaaraniya Athlete.

Celtics Assistant Joe Mazzulla has been hired Odoka replaced as temporary coach for this season, but it is unclear if Odoka will return next. in their statement And the Celtics club explained, Thursday, that “a decision regarding his future with the Celtics after this season will be taken at a later time.”

Here are the highlights from Friday’s press conference.

Stevens did not consider returning as Celtics coach

When news of Odoka’s suspension first broke, many assumed Stevens himself – the team’s former coach and current head of basketball operations – would return to his former seat. It makes sense. The Celtics are the contender for the championship. Asking a first time coach to take charge in such unfortunate circumstances puts that coach in a difficult position. Stevens has proven that he can win this list.

But as he made clear, he did not think about returning to the bench. While co-owner Wyc Grousbeck acknowledged that there was a conversation about it, they eventually decided to go with Mazzulla. “Joe is the best option to do that with a long shot,” Stevens said.

Odoka’s future has not been decided yet

Odoka will now be suspended for one season. At this point, that means it will end on June 30, 2023. However, the Celtics team made it clear that they haven’t made any long-term decisions about Udoka’s future at this time. And as their statement indicated, his fate will be decided at a later time. The Celtics didn’t provide clear criteria on what it would take for Udoka to eventually return, but it was found that he committed a “large number of violations”.

No decisions have been made regarding addition to the coaching staff

The Celtics Odoka just didn’t lose. Earlier in the season, senior assistant Will Hardy left Boston to become the head coach of the Utah Jazz. This has left the staff with arguably two of his best coaches from last season in a state. There has been some speculation that Boston will consider hiring another coach, ideally someone with coaching experience, to help weed out the staff in Odoka’s absence. Chris Mannix from Sports Illustrated It was speculated that Frank Vogel, the former Lakers coach, would make sense given his longstanding relationship with Stevens.

Stevens said during the press conference that no decisions had been made about adding employees, but he wouldn’t rule it out. He repeatedly praised the existing staff and claimed they “check a lot of the boxes” the team will be looking for.

Mazzulla was checked out when the Celtics first hired him

Mazola is not being investigated for any violations at this time, but in 2009, he was arrested for domestic battery after an incident in Morgantown, West Virginia in which he allegedly grabbed a woman by the neck in a bar. This caused outcry from the masses and the media, especially given the nature of Odoka’s alleged violations.

Stevens revealed that the Celtics checked out Mazola when they initially hired him as an assistant three years ago. He explained that he strongly believes “that probably shaped him into who he is today in a really good way. He’ll be the first to tell you that he’s 100% responsible for that.”

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