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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 02: Head coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center on June 02, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is facing a suspension for an unknown period of time for what sources are saying is an improper consensual relationship with a member of the team staff.  News broke of the looming suspension last night when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted “ESPN Sources: Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka is facing possible disciplinary action – including a significant suspension – for an unspecified violation of organizational guidelines. Discussions are ongoing within the Celtics on a final determination.” When the news broke we had no idea what the possible suspension was for. We only knew it was a TEAM suspension for a TEAM violation. The NBA itself was not involved leading many to believe it had nothing to do with tampering or other league rules.

Later into the night and early morning, we learned that the violation allegedly has to do with a consensual relationship Ime had with a female staff member of the Celtics which ultimately violates team rules. This is a direct violation of the Celtics code of conduct. Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla could step in as interim coach if Udoka is indeed suspended.  We should know soon and as early as today how long the suspension will be for. We may know more details too when Celtics host its annual media day on Monday, September 26. Training camp is set to tip off on Tuesday.

Ime Udoka’s personal life includes a long term relationship with actress Nia Long. The two met through a mutual friend coincidentally enough in Boston back in 2010. They had an instant connection and have been together ever since. She doesn’t post him on her IG much. This is the last post she had up, congratulating him on making the NBA finals in his first year as Celtics head coach. More details to come as more news breaks.

2022 NBA Finals - Game One

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 02: Head coach Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center on June 02, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Boston Is The Second Best City For Basketball Fans

The Boston Celtics are in the playoffs, and it’s a good time to be a basketball fan in Massachusetts.

In fact, a recent study found that Boston ranked second when it came to cities that were the top for hoops fans.

In this latest study done by personal finance website WalletHub, over 290 of the biggest cities were compared based on 21 key metrics, ranging from the performance level of each city’s NBA and NCAA Division 1 basketball teams to ticket prices and stadium accessibility.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the industry as a whole, the NBA’s revenue is on track to reach $10 billion in 2021-2022, which is an increase from $8.3 billion just before the pandemic. Vaccination against COVID-19 and the return of fans to stadiums have helped basketball recover, and NBA franchises are already worth nearly $2.5 billion on average.

With all this momentum out of the pandemic, there has never been a better time for basketball fans. Losing out only to Los Angeles, Boston is statistically the best place to watch the game on the court.

Top 10 Cities for Basketball Fans

  • 10. Oklahoma City, OK

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 10: Brandon Boston Jr. #4 of the LA Clippers fakes a pass in front of Melvin Frazier Jr. #6 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during a 138-88 Clippers win at Crypto.com Arena on April 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE

  • 9. Houston, TX

    Atlanta Hawks v Houston Rockets

    HOUSTON, TEXAS – APRIL 10: Jalen Green #0 of the Houston Rockets high fives fans following a game against the Atlanta Hawks at Toyota Center on April 10, 2022 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

  • 8. Washington, DC

    New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

    WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 08: Rui Hachimura #8 of the Washington Wizards reacts against the New York Knicks during the first half at Capital One Arena on April 08, 2022 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

  • 7. San Antonio, TX

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – DECEMBER 14: Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs greets to the fans after a game between San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns at Arena Ciudad de Mexico on December 14, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

  • 6. Miami, FL

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    MIAMI, FLORIDA – MAY 17: A Miami Heat fan poses during the first quarter in Game One between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat in the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals at FTX Arena on May 17, 2022 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

  • 5. Philadelphia, PA

    Brooklyn Nets v Philadelphia 76ers

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – MARCH 10: Fans react as Ben Simmons #10 of the Brooklyn Nets takes the court before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on March 10, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

  • 4. San Francisco, CA

    Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors - Game Two

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – MAY 20: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors takes an inbound pass in a 112-87 Warriors win during Game Two of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Chase Center on May 20, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

  • 3. Salt Lake City, UT

    Dallas Mavericks v Utah Jazz - Game Six

    SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – APRIL 28: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz in action during the second half of Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs against the Dallas Mavericks at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 28, 2022 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

  • 2. Boston, MA

    Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics - Game Seven

    BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – MAY 15: A general view of fans during the third quarter in Game Seven of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 15, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

  • 1. Los Angeles, CA

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 03: Terance Mann #14 of the LA Clippers in the first quarter at Crypto.com Arena on March 03, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)