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Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, right, and president of basketball operations Brad Stevens leave after speaking during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Boston. The Boston Celtics suspended coach Ime Udoka for the upcoming season after a months-long investigation by an external law firm that found multiple violations of team policies, team owner Wyc Grousbeck said Friday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

CANTON, Mass. (AP) — Boston Celtics interim coach Joe Mazzulla said he will take his time giving people time to "feel and heal" after predecessor Ime Udoka was suspended for the season for an inappropriate relationship with a woman in the organization.

"You can't rush trust. You can't rush healing. You can't rush any of that," he said to a packed room at Celtics media day on Monday, three days after he was elevated to interim head coach. "Regardless of what has happened, we have a great roster and we have a great opportunity. That's what I have to focus on."

Udoka was suspended Thursday for what two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press was an inappropriate relationship with a woman in the organization. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details of his behavior were not publicly released.

Mazzulla, 34, had been a Celtics assistant for two seasons. His only head coaching experience was at Division II Fairmont State.

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