Pressure from sponsors, other owners, Silver pushed Sarver to sell Suns More details, questions come up in wake of Celtics’ Udoka suspension Celtics suspend coach Ime Udoka for entire season due to ‘violations of team policies’ John Wall opens up about depression, suicidal thoughts, seeking help Kawhi Leonard wants to do “everything”, Clippers being cautious

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The disappointing “slap” the NBA gave to Suns owner Robert Sarver after a lengthy investigation revealed the racism, misogyny and toxic work culture he created with the Suns – a one-year suspension and a $10 million fine – was too far. as other owners and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will make the first move. They feared opposition and lawsuits from Sarver if they took the first big step.

What Silver hoped for – and he was a bit lucky – was sincere pressure from the players and the media for a harsher punishment. However, what the Silvers really needed to make a difference was for the Suns and the league sponsors to back off – hit the owners in the wallet and suddenly they weren’t so reserved.

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Silver got that, and it wasn’t just PayPal, the sponsor of the Suns/Mercury jersey patch, that said they would not renew their contract for another season if Sarver was still in charge. There were serious behind-the-scenes concerns about the sponsors of other teams and leagues, something Ramona Shelburne detailed on ESPN NBA Today.

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“There was a lot of personal pressure on Robert Sarver behind the scenes. We heard about PayPal, but there were many other league sponsors and team sponsors lining up to get away from the Suns and not be publicly associated with them. There was also behind-the-scenes pressure from other owners and Adam Silver. Adam Silver is obviously very good at applying pressure when needed and facilitating those kinds of conversations and discussions to get to this point.”

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This is similar to what caused Adam Silver to give then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling a lifetime ban in 2014—public pressure was one of them, but when the NBA’s big sponsors began to ditch any ties to the Clippers (State Farm, Carmax, Corona , many others) Silver got the green light from other owners to take a hard line. (Sterling ended up selling the team only because of the Machiavellian act of his wife, Shelley Sterling.)

Ever since the disturbing details of Sarver’s actions were made public in the report (and even earlier, after last November’s ESPN report), Suns’ business operations staff have been trying to find ways to appease sponsors. But with public pressure mounting—in a league that prides itself on progressive thinking based on inclusion and diversity—there wasn’t much that could be done. Sarver realized the situation and stepped aside, albeit in a statement where he weakly tries to break away from the victim.

“As a person of faith, I believe in redemption and the path to forgiveness,” Sarver said in a statement. “I expected that the commissioner’s suspension for one year would give me time to focus, correct things and resolve my personal differences with the teams that I and many fans love.

“But in our current unforgiving climate, it has become painfully clear that this is no longer possible – that all the good that I have done or could still do outweighs what I have said in the past. For these reasons, I am beginning to look for buyers for the Suns and Mercury.”

As Michael Holley said wisely today about Brother From Anothermen of faith should not tell you what they are, in their own words, their actions should show it.

“I fully support Robert Sarver’s decision to sell the Phoenix Suns and Mercury,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “This is the right next step for the organization and the community.”

This is the right move, but only because of behind-the-scenes pressure.

The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoku for the 2022–2023 season due to reports of inappropriate intimate relationships with a consensual Celtics employee.

This bold decision was made quickly and was followed by a wave of information and questions. Here are just a few topics related to Udoka suspension.

• While the relationship between Udoka and the employee was consensual, it was not always smooth sailing and this could quickly become a problem for the Celtics as reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Some members of the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship in July, sources said. At the time, the team’s management was convinced by both parties that the relationship was based on mutual consent. But sources said the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments about her, prompting the team to launch a series of internal interviews.

• Celtics legend Paul Pierce opined that the franchise had hit Udoka too hard and was then scolded on Twitter for it.

• Udoki’s future with the Celtics remains unclear whether they are asking him to return or whether he wants to. However, Udoka will have options – when other coaching positions open up over the next year, expect those teams to reach out to Udoka to gauge his interest, something Adrian Voinarovsky emphasized ESPN.

• Despite not being a household name, new interim/head coach Joe Mazzulla is popular with Celtics players. That’s what Jason Tatum should have said about him last spring, via Chris Forsberg at NBC Sports Boston.

“I love Joe,” Tatum said. “I think just being around him… you can tell how passionate he is about the guys and his craft. He became much more knowledgeable, more detailed, just vocal. More comfortable as a coach. You have seen growth since its first year.

“He helped me a lot as a player and as a person. I can’t say enough good things about Joe. Everyone appreciates him for what he brings to this team. I’m glad we have him.”

There is also this from Fox Sports.

The players loved him,” said Scott Morrison, then a Celtics assistant and Mazzulla’s head coach during his time with the Red Claws. “He tells them what it is without being harsh and in my experience the players love it. They like to be coached.”

• He may be loved, but 34-year-old Mazzulla is in trouble – his only head coaching experience was at Fairmont State in West Virginia, a Division II school. This could lead the Celtics to want to bring in an experienced NBA veteran coach as Mazzulla’s assistant. One name to keep an eye on: Frank Vogel, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.

• Celtics Media Day is Monday, with training camp starting the next day. The Celtics will open the season on October 18 against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Ime Udoka, the coach who helped the Boston Celtics find their identity and ride it to the NBA Finals in his first season, has been suspended from the team and will not coach in the 2022-23 season.

The Celtics went on record saying that the suspension was due to a “violation of team policy”. Many reports state that the violation was consensual but inappropriate intimate relationship with a Celtics employee (violation due to power dynamics in the game).

Udoka released this statement to ESPN.:

“I want to apologize to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization and my family for letting them down. I regret putting the team in such a difficult position and I accept the team’s decision. Out of respect for all the members, I won’t comment.”

Despite rumors that he could, Udoka did not retire. Whether he will return to the Celtics or not in the coming years is yet to be decided, he hasn’t been…

Pressure from sponsors, other owners, Silver pushed Sarver to sell Suns
More details, questions come up in wake of Celtics’ Udoka suspension
Celtics suspend coach Ime Udoka for entire season due to ‘violations of team policies’
John Wall opens up about depression, suicidal thoughts, seeking help
Kawhi Leonard wants to do “everything”, Clippers being cautious

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