Celtics Name Ime Udoka As Franchise's New Head Coach


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Boston Celtics have named former NBA player Ime Udoka as the franchise's new head coach.

This comes weeks after the Celtics announced the retirement of former president Danny Ainge, and that former head coach Brad Stevens had been promoted to President of Basketball Operations.

"It’s an honor to be a part of the historic Celtics franchise. Coaching this talented roster and working alongside Brad makes it an ideal situation,” Udoka said in a statement. "I’d like to thank Wyc, Steve, and Brad for entrusting me with this opportunity. I look forward to getting started right away."

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Udoka played in the NBA for seven seasons from 2003-04 to 2010-11. He's spent the last nine seasons as an assistant coach, mostly recently for the Brooklyn Nets for the 2020-21 season.

"Among the many outstanding qualities that Ime brings to the table are his character, humility, and competitiveness. He has a relentless work ethic and a vast array of experiences as a player and coach," Celtics President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens said. "He’s a leader that is warm and demanding, and we are so excited that he has chosen to join us in pursuit of Banner 18."

Udoka is 18th head coach in the franchise's 75-year history.

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