BOSTON (WLNE) — The Boston Celtics officially named Rhode Island native Joe Marzura as the team’s interim head coach on Friday following the suspension of Ime Udoka.
Thursday night, the team announced Udoka suspended for 2022-23 season The coach who led the team to the Finals last spring was suspended for “violating team policy.”
“We have strong values here at the Celtics, and we’re doing our best to uphold them here,” Celtics majority owner and Governor Wyc Grousbeck said in a Friday news conference.
Celtics general manager Brad Stevens called the internal investigation “a long and thorough process.”
Grousbeck added that a law firm was hired to conduct the investigation, which concluded this week.
While confirming Marzilla as interim coach, Stevens said: “Joe is the best person to do that, in the long run.”
“Very sharp and talented guy. I believe in him and his ability to lead people, his ability to inspire a room,” Stevens added.
When asked about charging Mazzulla’s home batteries during his college days, Stevens said: “That made him who he is today. I’ll be the first to tell you, I trust him.”
Marzura was hired by Stevens as an assistant coach for the Celtics and will stay on when Udoka is hired in 2021.