Boston Celtics suspend coach Aimee Odoka for the season

                Team leaders on Friday described Boston Celtics coach Aimee Odoka's suspension for the 2022-23 season as "well-justified," adding little or no detail about the situation that put him off, but identifying his interim replacement.  The Celtics announced that the team suspended Udoka for the 2022-23 season "for violations of team policies," adding that "a decision regarding his future with Celtics after this season will be made at a later time."  Citing privacy concerns, Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck said he would not comment further on the situation or the rumours.  "(The comment) is well justified, appropriate and backed by substantial research, evidence and facts, and I stand by the decision and Im accepted," Grosbeek said.  Grosbeek said Celtics first became aware of the situation in July, and the investigation concluded earlier this week.  The Odoka club has been suspended until June 30, but it is not clear what will happen after that.  "We're not going to talk about the long-term because nothing has been decided on. It's a really tough situation, but we're going to focus on the future and address what we need to address to get everyone ready to go on Tuesday when we start a new season," said Grosbeek. Stevens also confirmed that Rhode Island-born Joe Mazzola and current assistant coach will take over as interim head coach. "He lags behind them and his ability to organize and understand everything that comes with managing a team within a season," Grosbeck said he did not expect any comment. or other punishment or penalties in connection with the investigation.Oduka's suspension allegedly comes after he made unsolicited comments toward a woman in the organization with whom he had an inappropriate relationship, according to a new report. To her, and earlier, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the relationship was a violation of the organization's guidelines, and in a statement relayed by ESPN's Malika Andrews, Udoka offered an apology. But a little more information. "I want to apologize to our players, fans, and the Sylt organization.  The entire Lex, and my family for letting them down," Odoka said.  "I am sorry to put the team in such a difficult situation, and I accept the team's decision. Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment."  League sources also confirmed that Odoka will not resign.  “The outpouring love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means a lot to me. I ask that my privacy be respected while addressing recent events,” Nia Long, Odoka’s longtime fiancée and mother of his son said. “Above all else, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.” Oduka spent the greater part of his NBA career playing for San Antonio and then joined the staff of Tottenham coach Greg Popovich as an assistant. Oduka was a member of the Spurs staff from 2012 until 2019, winning it all in 2014, quickly finding his way into the Shortlists for key coaching positions open, spending the 2019-20 season in Philadelphia and the 2020-21 season in Brooklyn before being hired by the Celtics in June 2021 to succeed Brad Stevens - who moved to the front office.In the first year, Odoka finished fourth in the Coach of the Year vote , The Celtics came within two championship wins, and Eastern champions Boston are scheduled to organize the media day on Monday and open a training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the championship October 18, the season opener.
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                <strong class="dateline">Boston -</strong>                                          <p>Team leaders on Friday described Boston Celtics coach Aimee Odoka's suspension for the 2022-23 season as "well-justified," adding little or no detail about the situation that put him off, but identifying his interim replacement. 

The Celtics announced that the team suspended Odoka for the 2022-23 season "for violations of team policies," adding that "the decision on his future with the Celtics after this season will be made at a later time."</p><!-- article/blocks/side-floater -->

Citing privacy concerns, Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck said he would not comment further on the situation or rumours.

“(The comment) is well justified, appropriate and backed by substantial research, evidence and facts, and I stand by the decision and Im accepted,” Grosbeek said.

Grosbeek said Celtics first became aware of the situation in July, and the investigation concluded earlier this week.

The Odoka club has been suspended until June 30, but it is not clear what will happen after that.

“We’re not going to talk about the long-term because nothing has been decided,” Grosbeek said.

“It’s a really tough situation, but we’ll focus on the front and address what we need to address to get everyone ready to go on Tuesday when we start a new season,” said team boss Brad Stevens.

Stevens also confirmed that Joe Mazzola, the Rhode Island-born coach and current assistant coach, will take over as interim head coach.

“He is an exceptionally sharp and talented person and I believe deeply in him and his ability to lead people, his ability to motivate the room and stand behind them and his ability to organize and understand everything that comes with managing a team during a season,” Stevens said.

Grosbeek said he did not expect any suspension, punishment or other penalties in connection with the investigation.

Udoka’s comment came after he made unwanted comments towards a woman in the organization with whom he had an inappropriate relationship, according to a new report.

According to Athletic, the Celtics were told in July that Udoka had a consensual relationship with a member of the crew, but recently the woman accused Udoka of making unsolicited comments towards her.

Earlier, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stated that the relationship is 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.”

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League sources also confirmed that Odoka will not resign.

“The outpouring love and support from family, friends and the community during this difficult time means a lot to me. I ask that my privacy be respected while addressing recent events,” Nia Long, Odoka’s longtime fiancée and mother of his son said. “Above all else, I am a mother and will continue to focus on my children.” .”

Udoka 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 Spurs staff from 2012 until 2019, Odoka won it all at 14, quickly finding his way onto the shortlists for major 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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