The Celtics’ search for a coach is over.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Boston Brooklyn Nets have hired assistant coach Ime Udoka as their new coach.
The Boston Celtics are finalizing an agreement to hire Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka as the franchise's new coach, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2021
Udoka, who has spent the last nine seasons as an assistant, will be the first head coach.
The 43-year-old joins the Celtics a season later with the Brooklyn Nets, who were eliminated in the Eastern Conference semi-finals after the Celts were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round.
He previously spent seven seasons at the San Antonio Spurs and one year at the Philadelphia 76ers under Gregg Popovich.
Udoka is highly backed by Celtics star Jaylen Brown, Jason Tatum and Marcus Smart, who coached at the 2019 FIBA World Championships, to coordinate and motivate the team by closing a new voice for a new head of basketball operations Brad Stevens.
The new coach also played seven seasons in the NBA without being called up from Portland State University, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trailblazers and San Antonio Spurs.
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