Marcus Smart playing a little defense for his coach.
NBA teams are doing media today to kick things off for the upcoming season, and everyone wanted to hear what the Celtics players had to say about the Boston Celtics decision to suspend head coach Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season. Boston Celtics star Marcus Smart is already making some noise with comments he made about his coach. For those who have been living under a rock, Ime Udoka was suspended for having an improper intimate relationship with a team staff member. While the relationship was initially believed to be consensual, the woman accused Udoka of making unwanted comments towards her, which lead to the team inquiry.
Marcus Smart quickly defended Udoka, basically saying it’s not all that serious.
Marcus Smart: "Nobody died. I still love Ime as a person and as a coach. He led us to the Finals. It's just something unfortunate has happened to him." #Celtics
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) September 26, 2022
Definitely not a great look to downplay a situation that the franchise determined was serious enough to suspend their coach for an entire season.
More quotes from Smart about his coach’s decisions.
Marcus Smart: "It’s been hell for us. Nobody really knows anything. We’re just in the wind, like everybody else. The last couple of days have been confusing."
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) September 26, 2022
The fact that the Boston Celtics players have remained mostly in the dark is a troubling sign. I mean what aren’t they telling the players.
Smart is right about no one dying but clearly the Boston Celtics were trying to send a message that whatever exactly Udoka did is not acceptable behavior for a Head Coach.
Just imagine if he was the owner and not a coach, it would be interesting to see how different this whole situation would have been handled.
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