Suspended Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka has had plenty of skeletons come flying out of his closet in the weeks leading up to the 2022-23 NBA season, and the latest may just take the cake when it comes to both juiciness and dysfunction.
As we know, Udoka had an affair with a close friend of Danny Ainge, who the former Celtics general manager personally hired. This woman was booking flights for Udoka’s fiancée Nia Long, which initially caused a stir on social media. Long didn’t even care about the affair though, as she and Udoka’s arrangement was not one akin to an actual relationship but was more of a loose open partnership to mutually take care of their shared son.
Now, we are finding out more wrinkles about who else Udoka might have been sleeping with — and according to rapper-turned-media personality Joe Budden, it’s as damning as possible for Udoka.
Budden revealed that Udoka reportedly had another affair with the wife of one of the franchise’s minority owner, this in addition to the Boston Celtics Team Service Manager who was a close Ainge confidant. “You can’t be doing that man… not with the owners wife”, said Budden (h/t Spain’s national daily sport newspaper owned by Unidad Editorial, MARCA).
Suspended Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka will never coach in the NBA again
This is all too much of a black mark on Ime Udoka’s record for the suspended Boston Celtics head coach to come back from. Had it just been the team’s service manager, Udoka would be suspended but likely welcomed back into the league eventually.
But sleeping with a minority owner’s wife? While this hasn’t been confirmed beyond Joe Budden — who still likely wouldn’t put his reputation on the line just tossing out such a wild accusation — the damage is already done regarding Udoka’s reputation.
Udoka will go down as one of the great ‘what-ifs’ in the history of Boston sports, especially if Joe Mazzulla doesn’t get the same results out of the Cs during the 2022-23 season. He will not go down as a head coach of any other teams given what we now know, though.