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Nigeria’s Ime Udoka set to be named Boston Celtics new coach

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Ime Udoka, a former Nigeria national team (D’Tigers) basketball player, is expected to be named the Celtics’ new head coach. He will be the first Nigerian-American to be Head Coach of an NBA team.

From 2012 to 2019, Udoka was a member of the San Antonio Spurs, before joining the Philadelphia 76ers. He became Steve Nash’s assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets in 2020.

Reactions have been pouring in across the social mediaon his appointmentNigeria’.

Ryan McDonough, the former general manager of the Phoenix Suns said “Ime Udoka has been seen as a future NBA head coach for quite some time”. Another personality well versed in basketball Alex Barth wrote in a tweet said “It feels like the Celtics gave their star players a voice when it comes to this hire.”

Jeff Godman an analyst well familiar with happenings in the NBA basketball competitions said “Those who have worked with Udoka say he’s: is a great person, a tough competitor. He is good at developing strong relationships with players. Udoka is also a solid tactician, a worker, well respected leaguewide”

“He listens to players and adjusts. It’s not his way or the highway. He has an edge, but he’s not a hard-ass. He’ll stand up to guys. He’s defensive-minded. He values toughness.”
Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN NBA Insider.

Guy Boston Sports @GuyBostonSports in a tweet quoted Udoka to have said that “I definitely believe in team basketball, unselfish, all the stuff that breeds winning… I want a tough, physical, aggressive team… If you’re coming in that night, it’s gonna be a battle.”

Ime Udoka born was born in 1977, in Portland, Oregun in the United States of America. His father is a Nigerian from Akwa Ibom States man and while the mother is an American. I me Ufoka represented the Nigeria basketball team at the FIBA international basketball competition in 2006.
The Nigeria Basketball Team in its congratulatory mesage to their ex international Udoka, said

Congrats to our very own Ime Udoka.

The first Nigerian head coach in NBA History!

The Celtics got a good one! Green and white like always. Flag of Nigeria

 

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