Brooklyn Might ‘Back Off’ On Hiring Ime Udoka Due To Recent ‘Blow Back’

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Just six days ago the Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Steve Nash after a 2-5 start to the season. Hours later, reports said that the Nets were close to hiring former Celtics head coach Ime Udoka. Now, the Nets are receiving blow back across the league. 

The Boston Celtics suspended Ime Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season. Boston announced that he had an intimate relationship with a team employee. Brooklyn are in the market for head coach and Udoka’s name came into consideration. He was an assistant coach for Brooklyn in 2020 under Steve Nash. The Nets may be rethinking their decision on wanting to hire Udoka after some of the backlash they’ve been receiving.

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Nets may be rethinking wanting to hire Ime Udoka

Hours after Nash was fired, some of the most tapped-in NBA sources said the Nets could hire Udoka in 24-to-48 hours time. Tomorrow will be a week since they fired Nash and nothing has happened yet. It could be due to the blow back that Net’s owner Joe Tsai was getting about potentially hiring the former Celtics head coach.

Udoka was suspended by the Celtics on 9/22/22 for violating the Celtics code of conduct. That’s why he is a potential hire for the Nets. If Udoka would have been suspended by the league, then the Nets wouldn’t be an option. Boston has said they are willing to let him leave for another job. It makes you think what happened may have been somewhat serious as Udoka was the head coach who helped lead Boston to the NBA Finals last season.

Brooklyn is already tangled up in the Kyire Irving controversy and their receiving a lot of criticism for now wanting to add Udoka to the team. One league source said that there is “too much potential drama” if they hire him. Reporters think that Commissioner Silver may have stepped in and taken part in the matter. Apparently “there’s been some concern from women in leadership positions within the Nets”, which doesn’t seem surprising. One thing has been consistent for the Nets this season ; drama!

Zach Wolpin is an NBA and NFL expert who's been betting on the league for over three years now. Wolpin has been a fan of the NBA and has been watching for a decade and a half. He covers the latest news and stories surrounding the league daily. His passion in life is watching sports and being able to share that through his sports writing. He has written about the NBA and other sports leagues through various media outlets over the years like Sir Charles In Charge, G-Men HQ, and TAP into South Plainfield. Before he became an NBA News Writer, Wolpin attended Montclair State University where he graduated in 2021. He studied Sports Media and Writing while in school.

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