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Ime Udoka
Ime Udoka
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Born: 08/09/77
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:218 lbs. / 99 kg.
Earnings: $3,926,817 ($4,739,249*)

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Those expected to be interviewed include potential front-runner Tom Thibodeau (due to his connection to Rose), Kenny Atkinson, Mike Woodson, interim head coach Mike Miller, 76ers assistant Ime Udoka, Bulls assistant Chris Fleming, and Magic assistant Pat Delany. Meanwhile, Spurs assistant Beckey Hammon was described to Begley by a source as “a name to keep an eye on.”
While keeping in mind this is a report based on a hypothetical (if realistic) scenario where Boylen loses his job, it would not be a surprise to see Udoka get his first crack as a head coach next season, whenever that is. Well-regarded in coaching circles prior to arriving in Philadelphia, the Sixers made him one of the league’s highest-paid assistants, plucking him away from Gregg Popovich’s staff in San Antonio last June to offer his services behind Brett Brown.
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For those who aren’t familiar with how Brown sets up his staff, he believes in doling out specialized responsibilities in a manner similar to NFL staffs. Udoka was tasked with being the team’s “defensive coordinator” this season, and you could often see him barking instructions from the sideline on big defensive possessions and pulling guys aside for last-minute instructions. And some of his instructions were just about basic fundamentals, like making sure defenders were showing their hands while fighting through screens.
While the Sixers were not the world-beating unit many thought they could be this season — Udoka himself said their roster was like “being in a candy store” as a defensive coordinator before the season — defense was certainly the strength of the team. If the season were canceled tomorrow, they would finish sixth in defensive efficiency, and that was the only part of the game where they were able to consistently take advantage of their personnel.

Adrian Griffin and Ime Udoka among coaching candidates to replace Jim Boylen

Boylen has laid low since the NBA suspended its season on March 11. His lone public comments came two weeks ago, in the form of a team-issued press release in which he welcomed Karnisovas, congratulated Michael and Jerry Reinsdorf and thanked former bosses John Paxson and Gar Forman once more. Behind the scenes, however, Boylen is working as if he’ll be in place next season. A league source told The Athletic minor changes already are in the works with the current staff.
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So who could the next coach be? Two current assistant coaches are standing out as increasingly possible Boylen replacements whenever the job may open: Toronto’s Adrian Griffin and Philadelphia’s Ime Udoka. Both have ties to the new front-office regime. Both have long been mentioned in coaching circles as lead-man material. And on multiple levels, both fit the mold the Bulls previously have pursued.
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“I’m on Kobe’s team, and Kobe is like we are going to pair up in twos — Jannero you are with me,” Pargo said. “I’ve never been paintballing before, so I’m like ‘OK, cool. This is going to be fun.’ Then, they starting shooting the paintballs at us, and Kobe, I kid you not …” Pargo gets intense, and into a crouch. He imitates Kobe pointing back and forth from his eyes to Pargo’s eyes, much like a field general would do with his troops. “He wanted to win,” Pargo said. “He did not want to lose. And it was Kobe, so you could not hesitate. When Kobe said go, I gotta go.” Udoka ended up getting pelted multiple times on his arm. Pargo got plastered in the back by Slava Medvedenko. But when the paint stopped flying, only one team was left standing: Kobe’s.
Udoka said afterward that his role will change from San Antonio, where he was responsible for scouting the offense and defense for about a third of the league’s teams. With the Sixers, his primary team responsibility is defense. It looks like a nice gig on paper (Udoka called it a “dream team if you’re a defensive coordinator,” hopefully not channeling Vince Young). Udoka went through a bunch of different wrinkles, but like everyone else, the Sixers are still going to drop the big man back on pick and rolls. They should be better at it, too, with Horford now hanging back alongside Joel Embiid. “That’s something we talked about, creating turnovers. And I think with our length, we want to up our physicality on the ball. That should help along there. But there are multiple things we can do coming out of timeouts to trap guys and make them uncomfortable. But, at the same time, if you get them to take low-percentage shots with our length and the size on our team, that’s as good as a turnover as well.” — Udoka
“It was a really great experience,” Calhoun said. “Pop was great. The folks on his staff, Chip Engelland, Ime Udoka, Will Hardy, they were great. Steve Kerr, awesome. Jay Wright from Villanova and Lloyd Pierce, Jeff Van Gundy, P.J. Carleslimo – they were great people, first and foremost, alongside being really talented coaches. “I’ve worked (Tim Grgurich’s) summer camp and the NBA predraft camp and now Team USA. Those are all unique opportunities where you get to spend time with players. You spend a lot of time with them. You’re in the trenches with them. For me, the relationships I’ve built with other players and the other medical staffs, that’s an opportunity you don’t normally get this sport. The experience as a whole is one of those life experiences that you just can’t replace.”
Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand announced today that Ime Udoka and Joseph Blair have joined the team as assistant coaches. “I am excited and proud to welcome Ime and Joseph to our program,” said 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown. “The depth of basketball knowledge and experience that each brings to our bench will be integral in furthering the success we have enjoyed over the last two seasons.”
The Spurs have a list of candidates to fill the assistant coaching vacancies created by the departures this month of Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka, general manager R.C. Buford said Thursday night. “I’ll probably let Pop (coach Gregg Popovich) decide who he wants to coach with,” Buford said. “We do have a list of candidates. We had this (the draft) to get through, we’ve got free agency to get through, Pop’s got the (Team USA) stuff. We’ll handle that in an appropriate manner at an appropri-ate time.”
More than a quarter of the way through the season, The Athletic spoke to assistant coach Ime Udoka to discuss the state of the Spurs, their problems on defense, what issues need addressing and more. What do you see from this team after more than 20 games? Ime Udoka: A bunch of new guys that are figuring it out as we go. They’re learning about them, and they are learning about what we want. It’s been some inconsistency, but they are giving effort and trying to figure out a new system. Obviously with DeMar coming over, what we do defensively is totally different from what he’s done his whole career. Guys are picking it up, but guys have been in and out of the lineup also. Pau [Gasol] being out, Rudy [Gay] being out. Dejounte [Murray] suffered an unexpected injury. So, some inconsistency but it’s expected with a new group and some injuries we’ve had.
Who has been the biggest surprise outside of DeMar and LaMarcus? Ime Udoka: Bryn Forbes. Bryn has been great. He showed a nice progression between last year and summer league and all those things, but you never know until you’re put in that position playing major minutes and obviously starting. He got forced into a starting role, and he’s been great. He’s not a natural point guard and never played the position in his career so for him to come out and somewhat run the team and try to hold us together with the new group that we have, it’s been great. He’s playing great defense and working extremely hard. Playing a new position with a young guy out there, you never know. So, he’s been great.
Kansas center Udoka Azubuike had a strong showing during the first day of scrimmages at the NBA draft combine here, but he knows that might not change the league’s perception of him as a prospect who could use another season or two at KU. “Pretty much, I’m not in a hurry,” Azubuike said after scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbing six rebounds in 25 minutes on Thursday. “If it is going to take me another year or whatnot, according to what the NBA says, (then) I’m going to go by what the NBA says.”
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As the fallout from President Donald Trump’s alleged comments describing African countries and Haiti as “shithole countries” continues, one member of the Spurs organization is not surprised by the remarks. Assistant coach Ime Udoka, a Nigerian-American, became aware of the comments on Friday. “I wasn’t any more offended than what he says about people right here in America,” Udoka told the Express-News before the Spurs played the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. “If that were a one-time thing, it would be something. But it’s pretty frequent.”
Said Udoka: “It’s not even about (that comment). It’s a lot of what he says in general. That’s just another thing to add on. … But, being from (Africa), he’s talking about huts and all of that, and that is a misconception. If you’ve been to Lagos or any of the major cities (in Africa), it’s not like that. “It’s no filter,” Udoka continued. “He says what he thinks. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. It’s bad if you think a certain way and then you speak on it. It’s almost a daily occurrence now. It is what it is.”
Langford: “I played behind Ime Udoka and he was a consummate professional. He knew what he was doing. Sam Vincent, my coach in the D-League, was always telling me how I needed to follow what Ime was doing and learn from him. In my mind at that time, I was like, ‘I’m better than Ime, who is this guy?’” Tolliver: “Not getting called up my first two seasons in the D-League was frustrating, but it was also a motivation to stay hungry and keep working.”
Aldridge called his then agent Arn Tellem (who has since joined the Pistons as vice chairman of Palace Sports & Entertainment). Tellem’s solution? Meet with Pop again. So on July 3, Aldridge sat down with Popovich for lunch (later joined by Udoka and Spurs executive Sean Marks) in Beverly Hills. After more reassurances, Aldridge left this meeting feeling better. Later, on the plane back to Dallas, Udoka reinforced the Spurs’ agenda. “I told him, If you want to be coached, if you want to be challenged, Pop is the guy for you.” As the plane descended toward Dallas, Udoka still didn’t know which way Aldridge was leaning. “I had a good feeling,” says Udoka. “But you never know.” As the two disembarked, Aldridge finally turned to Udoka. “I’m coming,” he said.
Should the San Antonio Spurs return to the NBA’s mountaintop this season, maximizing the talents of new big man LaMarcus Aldridge and perhaps winning a sixth title since 1999, they may need to come up with an in-house award to honor the man who made it all possible. It’s not Gregg Popovich, or Tim Duncan, or any of the usual suspects from their storied group. It’s Ime Udoka, a 38-year-old Spurs assistant and former Spurs player who was the unsung hero in their pursuit of the former Portland Trail Blazers big man.