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The Celtics employee with whom Ime Udoka had an affair helped make all his travel arrangements … and that job sometimes included organizing travel for his fiancee, Nia Long. Sources connected to the couple and the NBA franchise tell TMZ … one of the staffer’s duties included planning Udoka’s team-related travel, and we’re told she was also involved in booking travel for Nia to come to Boston or to road games.
After making the post that defended Udoka on Thursday night, Barnes said that he got a call from some that “had all the details – this [expletive] is deep.” “I try to report and talk with facts and honesty and I clearly have to say last night without knowing all the facts,” Barnes said in an Instagram post Friday. “I spoke on Ime Udoka’s defense. After finding out the facts after I spoke, I erased what I posted because this situation in Boston is deep, it’s messy, it’s 100 times uglier than any of us thought. That’s why I erased what I said.”
Mark Murphy: I’m lucky. 31 years together this month, and my wife actually wants to see more of me. She always has the best ideas. Good time to exit after 34½ years at the Herald. Larry Bird was on the floor my first day on the beat. Hotel life gets old. I’m finally grilling that octopus. Thanks to all of you for following, and keeping me honest. @steve_hewitt , a true hoopshead and fine writer, will swing over from the Red Sox to cover the Celtics for the Herald. Now I can crack open a beer and watch Jayson Tatum without worrying about those crazy deadlines.
Some members of the Celtics organization first became aware of the relationship in July, sources said. At that time, team leadership was led to believe by both parties that the relationship was consensual. But sources said that the woman recently accused Udoka of making unwanted comments toward her — leading the team to launch a set of internal interviews. Given that report, and everything else said in private, an agent friend of mine delivered a verdict on Ime Udoka’s NBA head coaching prospects: “He’s done.”