NBA Coach, Ime Udoka, under fire for cheating on Nia Long with member of staff
Ime Udoka, the Nigerian coach of the Boston Celtics, is going to be disciplined for his part in an intimate and consensual relationship with a lady who works for the franchise.
The 45-year-old Nigerian has been wed to Hollywood actress Nia Long since 2010, according to a Wednesday night ESPN story.
Due to his personal relationships, which are seen to be against the rules of the organization, he might be suspended.
According to reports, a decision about the duration of that ban should be made as soon as Thursday.
Although a final choice has not yet been made, internal conversations have reportedly explored contingencies that would prevent Udoka from playing for the full 2022–23 campaign.
Udoka’s employment is not thought to be in danger, according to sources.
Will Hardy, the top assistant coach at Udoka, departed to become coach of the Utah Jazz, and sources informed ESPN that Joe Mazzulla, another contender for the Jazz, would likely be given strong consideration for an interim position.
After finishing his NBA playing career, Udoka worked as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, and Brooklyn Nets until joining the Celtics last summer.
Brad Stevens was succeeded as coach by Udoka.
After Danny Ainge, his immediate predecessor in that position, made the decision to depart the company, Stevens stepped upstairs to become Boston’s president of basketball operations.
The Boston Celtics went from being below.500 in late January to finishing the season with a 28-7 record over their final 35 games under Udoka’s direction in his first season as coach.
Following that, they had an outstanding run through the Eastern Conference playoffs, making it to the NBA Finals for the first time in 12 years.
Udoka is the first head coach since Nick Nurse in 2019 to go to the NBA Finals in his first season in that position. He is the sixth coach to achieve it in the previous 25 years.
Additionally, he made playoff history by being the first rookie coach to triumph in successive Game 7s, according to data by ESPN Stats & Information.
Before Boston succumbed to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in six games, Udoka guided Boston to triumphs against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference semifinals and the Miami Heat in the East finals.