The Boston Celtics made an unprecedented decision when they slapped head coach Ime Udoka with a one-season suspension after they learned of an illicit affair he had with an employee. During the suspension announcement, the Celtics also curiously stated that a decision on Udoka’s future with the team beyond this season will be determined at a later date.
This now begs the question: is Udoka made in Boston? Will the Celtics end up firing him sooner or later? If that’s their plan, why didn’t they fire him now?
This saga has obviously left us all with more questions than answers. However, one thing is certain: there will be no disinterest in Udoka in the market if he ends up parting ways with the Celtics. This comes straight from ESPN’s NBA guru Adrian Wojnarowski (h/t clutch points on twitter):
“Ime Udoka has not received any assurances that he would return to coach the Celtics again, but what this opens the door to, and certainly by talking to a few other organizations today, he could become a candidate or coach of interest for other jobs. that could open or open during the season or certainly the next one,” Woj said.
That makes a lot of sense. As offensive as it may sound, the fact that Ime Udoka had an affair with a co-worker doesn’t take away from the reality that he’s really good at his job. The Celtics are obviously not happy with how he violated company policy, but that probably won’t be enough for opposing teams to show any real interest in potentially signing Udoka once the dust settles.
“The final chapter of Udoka’s coaching career has not been written,” Woj continued. “This will not be a death sentence for him.”
“By speaking with a few other organizations today, he could become a candidate or coach of interest for other jobs that may open or open during the season or certainly next season.”@wojespn About Ime Udoka’s Future NBA Coachpic.twitter.com/jdEcEmazUf
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) September 23, 2022
Woj went on to talk about Udoka’s credentials as an NBA coach. After all, he brought the Celtics to the NBA Finals in his first year as head coach. The renowned NBA insider added that while this “could be the end of Boston” for Ime Udoka, he’s certainly not finished training in the NBA.