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Coach of the Boston Celtics “always excelled” with Nigeria

Ime Udoka is perilously close to making history during his debut season as an NBA head coach. The 44-year-old Nigerian-American wants to push the Boston Celtics back in front of the LA Lakers in the all-time list of champions by guiding them to their 18th title. But with the sixth game of the best-of-seven NBA Finals taking place on Thursday night in Boston, the Celtics are in a must-win situation as they trail the Golden State Warriors 3-2.

During his seven years in the NBA, Udoka played for a variety of teams, including the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. Despite Udoka’s expertise of the game, a former Nigerian teammate claims to be startled by the latter’s new job. In an interview with BBC Sport Africa, Abdulrahman Mohammed said, “I never thought he would try his hand at coaching eventually.

“But because of his exceptional skill, he always did well in everything he wanted to do related to basketball. That demonstrates how exceptional a player he was.” Throughout his playing career, Udoka represented Nigeria internationally, winning bronze medals at the 2005 and 2011 African Championships. Udoka, who is equally well-known in Nigeria as LeBron James is, helped Nigeria qualify for the World Championships.

 

Written by Eren Kilic

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