Celtics suspend coach Emi Odoka for the season

Boston Celtics coach Emi Odoka has been suspended for the 2022-2023 season for unspecified violations of team rules. According to multiple reports, those violations included an inappropriate relationship with a member of the organization, and the team’s brief statement read: “The Boston Celtics announced today that the team has suspended coach Aimee Odoka for the 2022-23 season for violating team policies. A decision will be made regarding his future with the Celtics after This season’s later. Suspension effective immediately.” Earlier, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stated that Odoka, 45, was facing suspension for his role in a consensual relationship with an employee. According to ESPN, the relationship was deemed a violation of the organization’s guidelines. In a statement relayed by ESPN’s Mallika Andrews, Odoka offered an apology but little additional information.” Odoka said my family had let them down. “I am sorry to put the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.” In the season, but SportsCenter 5 has learned through a league source that Rhode Island coach and current assistant Joe Mazzola will take over as interim head coach, league sources have also confirmed that Odoka will not resign. Antonio then joined To Tottenham manager Greg Popovich’s staff as an assistant.Oduka was a member of the Tottenham squad from 2012 to 2019, winning everything at 14, quickly finding his way into the shortlists for key open coaching jobs, spending the 2019-20 season in Philadelphia and the 2020-21 season in Brooklyn. Before the Celtics hired him in June 2021 to succeed Brad Stevens – who has moved into the front office.In the first year, Udoka finished fourth in the Coach of the Year vote, the Celtics came within two championship wins, and Eastern champions Boston are set to stage the media day Monday and opens a training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the tournament October 18 Opening of the season.

Boston Celtics coach Emi Odoka has been suspended for the 2022-2023 season for unspecified violations of team rules. According to multiple reports, those violations included an inappropriate relationship with a member of the organization.

A brief team statement said, “The Boston Celtics announced today that the team has suspended coach Aim Odoka for the 2022-23 season for violating team policies. A decision on his future with the Celtics after this season will be made at a later date. The suspension is effective immediately.”

Earlier, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stated that Odoka, 45, was facing suspension for his role in a consensual relationship with an employee. According to ESPN, the relationship was deemed a violation of the organization’s guidelines.

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In a statement reported by ESPN’s Malika Andrews,Udoka offered an apology but a little extra information.

“I want to apologize to our players, the fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down,” Odoka said. “I am sorry to put the team in such a difficult situation, and I agree with the team’s decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”

It has not been announced who will take over the head coaching duties for next season, but SportsCenter 5 has learned through a league source that Rhode Island coach and current assistant Joe Mazzola will take over as interim head coach.

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 10: Boston Celtics coach Joe Mazzola speaks to Carson Edwards #4 during a game against the Denver Nuggets during the 2021 NBA Championship at Thomas & Mac Center on August 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Celtics defeated the Nuggets 107-82.

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League sources also confirmed that Odoka will not resign.

Odoka spent the greater part of his NBA career with San Antonio and then joined the staff of Tottenham coach Greg Popovich as an assistant. A member of the Tottenham staff from 2012 until 2019, Odoka won it all at 14, and quickly found his way into the shortlists for key open coaching jobs.

He spent the 2019-20 season in Philadelphia and the 2020-21 season in Brooklyn before the Celtics appointed him in June 2021 to succeed Brad Stevens – who had moved to the front office. In the first year, Odoka finished fourth in the vote for Coach of the Year, and the Celtics came two wins away from the championship.

Eastern Conference champions Boston are scheduled to hold a media day on Monday and open training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the October 18 season opener.


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