Boston Celtics

  • For about a week, it looked like Ime Udoka’s time in Boston was about to officially come to an end after his indefinite suspension for a “violation of team rules.” When the Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Steve Nash last Tuesday, it was initially reported that Udoka was expected to be hired for the job.

    However, that situation never ended up materializing. On Wednesday, the Nets officially named Jacque Vaughn as the next head coach. Vaughn has filled in as the interim following Nash’s firing.

  • According to a report from ESPN, the Nets revered course on their decision to hire Udoka “based on several factors.” One of those factors, again according to ESPN, is the organization’s other current PR issue – the Kyrie Irving antisemitism controversy. In addition to that, Marc Stein reported that Nets’ owner Joe Tsai was told by “strong voices” to back off the hiring.

    While Udoka may not be heading to Brooklyn, this doesn’t mean he’s unhirable across the NBA. Appearing on ESPN later Wednesday afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski shared that “[Udoka] will coach again in the NBA, he may coach as soon if not this season somewhere else next season. I think plenty of teams, just in preparation, have started to do their due diligence on the Udoka situation.”

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