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Celtics set to hire Ime Udoka as head coach – report

Celtics set to hire Ime Udoka as head coach – report

APPROVED. Celtics star Jayson Tatum is among the Celtics players who gave positive reviews referencing Ime Udoka's work.

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After his playing career in the NBA, Ime Udoka served as an assistant coach for the Spurs, 76ers, and Nets

The Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka are putting the finishing touches on a deal for him to become the new head coach of the storied NBA franchise, according to an ESPN report.

Udoka, 43, is a longtime disciple of San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, having worked on the Spurs staff for seven years and serving as Popovich’s assistant at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Following his time in San Antonio, Udoka joined the Philadelphia 76ers for a year before spending this past season on the Nets staff.

The Portland, Oregon native played seven years in the NBA, averaging 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, and the Spurs.

While with the Blazers in 2006-07, Udoka started 75 games and averaged 8.4 points and 3.7 rebounds.

The ESPN report cited Celtics players’ positive reviews referencing Udoka’s work at the World Cup. –

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