The Rockets’ hiring of fired former Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka only makes what was a wild saga even weirder according to Dan Greenberg — who had more questions than answers following Adrian Wojnarowski’s reporting of Houston’s probe of the situation.
Greenberg was responding to Woj’s mention of the probe into Udoka’s inappropriate relationship with a female Celtics staffer that didn’t go into any of the specifics of the suspicions that have been raised by the likes of Matt Barnes.
“The Rockets probed the circumstances around Udoka’s Celtics departure with the team and league office, sources said,” Wojnarowski reported. “Udoka – who led the Celtics to the 2022 NBA Finals in his only season as head coach – was dismissed after findings of an inappropriate workplace relationship.”
Many questions remain regarding what happened with Ime Udoka and the Boston Celtics
A week before training camp in September 2022, the Boston Celtics suspended Udoka and promoted Joe Mazzulla into the interim head coaching role. Mazzulla took the ball and ran with it, shifting the C’s mentality into an offensive powerhouse, and eventually, he was hired to be the full-time head coach moving forward.
Udoka’s exit from the organization never got closure and many of the questions originally raised were never addressed. A trail of destruction was left in the wake of these accusations, though.
With Udoka returning despite the belief back in September that he was done for good as a coach, either the vague accusations against him were wildly off-base, or there is a cover-up of something (or multiple things) that may take a while to reach the light.