Ime Udoka is a famous basketball coach person and one of the rare head coaches who managed to reach the NBC – National basketball association. He was also a former player of the sport basketball and devoted his entire playing career to the representation of Nigeria’s national team. Ime is the driving force behind the success of the Boston Celtics because only because of his coaching and directives, the team is performing unbelievably well.
Ime Sunday Udoka was born on 9th August 1977 in Portland, Oregon. Ime Udoka is the senior coach at NBA. His late parents are Vitalis udoka and Agnes udoka. He lost his father to a decreasing line of hierarchy back in 2006 followed by his mother Agnes in 2011. He attended the Portland Jefferson’s high school. Ime belongs to Nigeria and has served as an inspiration as someone who has built himself right from the scratch. Ime is not a single child and has an elder sister named Mfon Sunday Udoka who is a player in the WNBA. He was starred for the Vikings right after he was transferred after playing for the University of San Fransisco and Utah state university Eastern. Vikings is a famous intercollegiate athletic team of Portland and high regard to be a part of at such young age for anyone.
Ime Udoka Career
From the very beginning, He has had to face a lot of struggles in his career. Ime Sunday Udoka started his basketball career by becoming a player of NBDL. This was when he got drafted by the Charleston Lowgators with the 39th overall pick in the year 2002 NBDL draft. After this event, he placed many ups and downs in his playing career. It was in 2007 when Udoka signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs. Herein he played 73 games averaging 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds that too in the span of 18 minutes. Even after this, he experienced a lot of waiving off after playing a handful of games with different teams. Then it was in 2012 that Ime Udoka got his break as a player. He signed on with UCAM Murcia of the Spanish LIGA ACB. As a coach also had a lot of hands-on experience.
In August 2012, Udoka was appointed as an assistant coach for Gregg Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs. Udoka become also the key to LaMarcus Aldridge’s decision to sign up for the Spurs in 2015. Both Udoka and Aldridge performed together with the Trail Blazers at some point in Aldridge’s rookie season. On October 30, 2020, the Brooklyn Nets hired Udoka as an assistant educator. On June 28, 2021, Udoka was hired as a head train of the Boston Celtics, becoming the 5th head coach of African origin in Boston Celtics records.
Udoka’s training position on the 2019 FIBA World Cup team helped him construct relationships with Celtics players Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart, who recommended his hiring as the brand new Boston head train. Udoka additionally coached for Team USA underneath Popovich at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, together with Celtics assistant Will Hardy.
Ime Udoka Biography
|Real Name||Ime Sunday Udoka|
|Birth Date||9 August 1977|
|Age (as of 2022)||44 Years|
|Birth Place||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|College||Portland State College|
|Height||in feet inches – 6’ 5” – in Centimeters – 196 cm|
|Weight||in Kilograms – 100 kg – in Pounds – 220 lbs|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Who is his wife?||Nia Long|
|Children||Kez Sunday Udoka|
He got engaged to his first girlfriend, Nia long, an actress in 2015 but yet has not gotten married. The child’s been named Kez Sunday Udoka and then the former couple evolved their relationship and got engaged in 2015.
Ime Udoka Net Worth
When asked with Nia long she said that both of them are not in the space to hold a wedding ceremony as of now. And as of this year, his estimated net worth is $11.5 million.
- Ime Udako often faces times when his name was mispronounced, so once in an interview, he explained the pronunciation as – e-may you do-Kah.
- He is majorly known for his defensive techniques and has made acquaintance with many famous basketball players during his career.
- Because of his late father who was born in Nigeria, Ime is liable to get a Nigerian Citizenship.
- He even played basketball at FIBA World Championships where he represented Nigeria.
- His father only came to the USA for getting a college education but later he met his love and got married.
- One of his teammates Gabe Muoneke stated that his fighting skills can be compared with Mortal Kombat.