Ime Udoka is an American-Nigerian basketball coach who currently serves as the head coach of the Boston Celtics. Starting his professional NBA career with North Charleston Lowgators, he even represented the Nigerian national team.
When he became a coach for the Celtics in 2021, his impact was immediate as he led the Celtics to a stunning 51-31 record from 18-21. By the end of the season, Udoka turned the Celtics to appear in NBA Finals.
With his stunning record, he has blended with the Celtic players and has been providing tactics for a top-rated defensive team. However, he has currently been surrounded by the marsh of controversy.
Is Ime Udoka Facing Suspension?
Ime Udoka is facing disciplinary action with potential ‘significant suspension,’ as per the tweet of ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
With the disciplinary action announced by the Celtics on September 22, he faced a suspension for the entire 2022/23 season.
Celtics revealed the status of Udoka via Twitter stating that his suspension takes effect immediately due to a violation of team policy.
The Celtics head coach was accused of improper relationship with a female staff member, according to Shams Charania. His action has been deemed in violation of the franchise’s code of conduct.
While his job is not believed to be in jeopardy, Udoka’s season-long suspension means that assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will now step up as Celtic’s interim head coach for the rest of the 2022/23 season.
How Much Is His Salary?
Ime Udoka signed a contract with Boston Celtics on June 28, 2021, replacing Brad Stevens as the head coach. While he became the 18th head coach in the franchise history, his salary and contract were not made public, per Celtics policy.
Prior to his signings with the Celtics, he worked as an assistant coach for Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and San Antonio Spurs.
Before his coaching career, he played for Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, and Sacramento Kings. According to Hoopshype, his total salary amounts to $3,926,817.
His Net Worth In 2022
Ime Udoka has a net worth of $11.5 million as of 2022, as per celebritynetworth.com. The 45-years-old head coach received a salary of $2.3 million during his tenure as a professional NBA player for San Antonio Spurs.
During the 2006/07 season, he played for Portland Trail Blazers and received a salary of $744,551. He secured a salary of $838,034 with Sacramento Kings during the 2009/10 season.
His Coaching Career
Ime Udoka started his coaching career, joining San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach in 2012. He served seven seasons with the Spurs and even secured the NBA Finals in 2014.
During the 2019/20 season, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers as the lead assistant coach replacing Monty Williams. He joined the Sixers after spending seven seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.
Udoka then becomes an assistant coach for Brooklyn Nets for the 2020/21 season before joining the Celtics during the 2021/22 season as a head coach.
He also coached Team USA during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.