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With 7 seasons under Gregg Popovich's tutelage, Nets assistant, Ime Udoka, will coach the Boston Celtics

 Well Celtics fans, we are there. Coming as no major surprise, Ime Udoka will take over the reins of the Boston Celtics as head coach. Fledgling CelticsSentinel writer, John Edward James Kaloroumakis wrote prior to the news that Boston needed a former NBA player as coach who can relate to the current roster and light a fire under them. 


Udoka spent seven seasons as an assistant coach being mentored  by Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich. That speaks volumes. If a would-be head coach wants the right apprenticeship, being tutored by Pop would be one of the very-best venues.

Like so many winning NBA coaches, the Nigerian native did not have what would be termed an outstanding NBA career as a player. He endured 16 stints at various locations around the planet, and his best season in the NBA may have been with Portland in the 2006-07 season. Here are his stats from that season:

28.6 MPG - 8.4 PPG - 3.7 RPG - 1.5 APG - 46% FG - 41% 3s - 74% FT

Those numbers matter little. NBA superstars don't necessarily make terrific coaches. But very often, mediocre players do just that. 

Udoka was plucked from the Brooklyn Nets bench where he assisted head coach, Steve Nash. He has a Title ring from the Spurs 2014 Championship. He seems to have the right resume to take the reins of a team in need of Banner #18. The bright light here is that he was hired because he was the overall best choice to fill the position - and not for any other reason. He needs to be accepted and listened to.



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