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Who is Ime Udoka, the Boston Celtics head coach facing a potential suspension?

  • September 22, 2022

Ime Udoka is facing punishment for an alleged consensual relationship with a female Celtics staffer.

The Celtics have not addressed the issue publicly.

Last season with the Celtics was Udoka’s first as a head coach in the NBA, and he led Boston to an Eastern Conference title and NBA Finals where the Celtics lost to the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics are favored to win the East with a returning core featuring Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart.

Before becoming coach of the Celtics, Udoka was an assistant coach in the NBA and had long been considered one of the top assistants in the league.

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Who is Ime Udoka?

Udoka, 45 and a native of Portland, Oregon, attended Utah State Eastern and San Francisco and finished his college career at Portland State, averaging 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in his senior season.

Born in the United States, Udoka is of Nigerian descent and played for Nigeria’s national team in international competitions.

Did Ime Udoka play in the NBA?

Udoka was undrafted in 2000 and spent a few seasons in low level pro leagues in the United States. He also played in Spain and France. His NBA career began with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2003-04, and included stints with the New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings.

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