When the Houston Rockets made the decision to interview Ime Udoka for their head coaching vacancy, many questioned whether enough time had passed since Udoka's scandal that made him available for hire in the first place. The Rockets made it known that they had done their due diligence into what was a relatively private situation, and league commissioner Adam Silver cosigned that the Rockets had indeed.
Udoka was coming off a very successful one-year run as head coach of the Boston Celtics, leading the team to the NBA Finals with a defensive-first approach. Then shortly after that, the Celtics dropped a bombshell that they were letting Udoka go, amid an off-the-court situation that involved an improper relationship with a basketball staffer.
The Celtics launched a probe into the scandal and determined that Udoka used crude language in his dialogue with a female subordinate before the start of an improper workplace relationship with a subordinate. The findings also determined that Udoka's verbiage was concerning coming from a workplace superior.
Adam Silver explains why Rockets' Ime Udoka's scandal has been kept under wraps
The power dynamic that existed was the policy violation cited in the law firm's report. Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta gave a staunch endorsement on why Udoka, and everyone, deserves a second chance and Udoka claimed responsibility and took full accountability during his introductory presser, which was his first time speaking about the matter since the incident transpired.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver was asked why more details about Udoka's suspension were not made available to the public, and attributed it to non-disclosure agreements in the case and the lack of criminal or civil charges being filed. Udoka's next task on the floor will be putting together a coaching staff, which many believe could include former Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego, who was also a colleague of his during his days with the San Antonio Spurs, as an assistant under legendary coach Gregg Popovich.
Oh and there's the NBA draft lottery that falls on May 16th, which will give Udoka and the Rockets a good idea of what offseason moves they'll make and whether former Rockets legend James Harden factors into that.