Report: Boston Celtics to hire Amy Odoka as head coach

According to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston Celtics They will appoint Ime Udoka as their new head coach:

Odoka was recently an assistant coach with a team Brooklyn NetworksUnder the leadership of Steve Nash.

Per Wojnarowski, and many other reports, Udoka made a positive impression on many Celtics when he was part of Gregg Popovich’s coaching staff for Team USA in 2019. Basketball World Cup. Celtics Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum were all part of this team.

Udoka’s coaching career began as an assistant in San Antonio Tottenham, after the end of his football career in 2012. Odoka spent seven seasons with Tottenham, including winning a championship in 2014. Oduka then took a job with former Tottenham assistant Brett Brown and Philadelphia 76ers for the 2019-20 season. Following Brown’s sacking, Odoka was quickly appointed by the Nets to assist head coach Steve Nash.

Like Nash, Odoka has had a long playing career. He played for parts of seven seasons in the NBA. He also played for several years in the NBA Development League, for clubs in France and Spain, as well as other minor leagues.

In addition to his professional playing experience, Odoka played for the Nigeria national team in the 2006 Basketball World Cup.

Odoka will be 44 years old at the start of the 2021-22 season. The Celtics were reportedly targeting a young coach to connect with their players, as well as a color coach. At Odoka, Boston hired a highly respected basketball player who was shortlisted for several teams in the editorials.

During his football career, Odoka was a number one defensive player, and this reputation has followed him in coaching. He has become one of the most thoughtful defensive minds in the game. He has been credited with helping both Spurs and Sixers build high-performance defensive teams.

With Udoka hired, Brad Stevens, head of basketball operations for the Boston Celtics, checked two major items at the top of his off-season to-do list. Last week, Stevens replaced Kimba Walker with Oklahoma City Thunder for Horford. This move created some much-needed flexibility for Boston on the cover sheet.

Now, Stevens has hired a coach who will replace him on the sidelines. With this appointment behind him, Stevens can now focus on putting together Udoka’s roster for the 2021-22 season.

Odoka will become the 18th coach in Celtics history. There is something poetic about this rating as Boston tries to win its 18th NBA title.

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