Nigerian Ime Udoka set to become coach of Boston Celtics

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The Boston Celtics have reportedly finalised moves to engage Brooklyn Nets’ assistant coach, Ime Udoka as their head coach.

If appointed, the 43-year-old becomes the club’s 18th head coach in franchise history.

He is set to take over from coach Brad Stevens, who was appointed as Celtics president shortly after Boston lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Nets.

Udoka was reported to be among three finalists – the others being Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups and Bucks assistant Darvin Ham – invited for a second interview by the Celtics.

In a playing career spanning several years, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Sacramento Kings.

He was an assistant at Spurs for seven years before spending one year with the Philadelphia 76ers and then joining Nets in 2020.

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