Ime Udoka is suspended for the 2022-23 season for having an affair with a Boston Celtics staff member.
Not many know exactly what happened, but some believe it’s worse than the public knows.
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However, this isn’t the first time a high-profile head coach has been involved with a team staffer: Phil Jackson was engaged to Jeanie Buss for several years.
Jackson was never disciplined for having a relationship with the then-Lakers owner’s daughter while he was her head coach. However, a former Lakers champion says the two situations are not comparable.
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“A lot of people have come up to me and said, ‘Well, why didn’t Phil get kicked off the team when he was dating Jeanie Buss?’ I’m like ‘Cause he was Dated Jeanie Buss,'” the seven-time champion said in her “big shot bob” Podcast. “That may not be against your team policy. I’m pretty sure if Ime was a Laker and did what she did, that would have been against team policy… But dating someone and revealing it, that’s not against team policy.”
Horry noted that Buss and Jackson were completely transparent when their relationship began.
Jackson and Buss met in 1999 and began dating shortly after. They got engaged in 2013, but called it off four years later. Jackson was the head coach of the Lakers from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2005 to 2011.
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Udoka has been in a relationship with actress Nia Long since 2010: Rumors circulated that the head coach was involved in an affair with a staff member who handled travel logistics for the team and made “unwelcome comments” towards a woman with whom he was having an affair.