Brad Stevens On Replacing Ime Udoka As Head Coach: ‘Joe’s the Best Choice’

The Boston Celtics are heading into a season of uncertainty after they shockingly announced they would be giving Coach Ime Udoka a season-long suspension after the head coach violated organizational policies by having a “consensual relationship” with a female staff member.

The Celtics have reportedly chosen Joe Mazzolla as their interim coach while Udoka serves his suspension. Boston also announced that they would decide Udoka’s “future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date.” When President Brad Stevens was asked if he thought about taking over coaching responsibilities, Stevens reiterated that Mazzolla was “the best choice to do that by a long shot.”

“Joe’s the best choice to do that by a long shot,” Stevens said. “As you go through the whole process, it all hits you, but we have the best people in place to do that, and Joe is the best person to do that in our organization.”

The Celtics will begin the 2022-23 season next week with Training Camp and Media Day.