(Photo : Elsa/Getty Images) BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – Head coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics reacts in opposition to the Golden State Warriors in the course of the third quarter in Game Six of the 2022 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 16, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.
ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Boston Celtics gamers did not recover from the departure of head coach Ime Udoka, who introduced the staff to the 2022 NBA Finals.
“This team, this locker room, they never got over Ime Udoka’s dismissal as head coach. These player did not accept the organization’s reason for doing it, they thought it was a wild over reaction.”#Celtics pic.twitter.com/pDyC9YXVNA
— Justin Turpin (@JustinmTurpin) May 23, 2023
Udoka was employed by the Celtics coming into the 2021-22 NBA season. After a Finals look in his first yr on the helm, he was suspended for the 2022-23 season in September 2022 for “violation of team policy,” which was revealed to be an improper relationship with a feminine staff workers.
He was formally dismissed as Celtics head coach when the staff eliminated the interim tag on appearing coach Joe Mazzulla in February 2023.
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Celtics Locker Did Not Accept Reason for Ime Udoka’s Departure
Wojnarowski said that the entire locker room believed the Celtics’ resolution on Udoka was a wild overreaction to the scenario and that the staff’s HR personnel ought to’ve solved the problem.
The ESPN insider additionally mentioned that the gamers acquired little details about the matter and have been receiving virtually the identical information as most of the people.
Although it didn’t imply that they had not accepted the successor, Mazzulla, the gamers believed in and strongly linked with Udoka throughout his time because the staff’s tactician.
There was additionally some angst within the locker room when the Brooklyn Nets practically named Udoka as head coach and when the Houston Rockets formally did.
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