Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka is beginning to fill out his staff.
According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Pacific head coach and former NBA player Damon Stoudamire is set to join the Celtics under Udoka as an assistant coach.
BREAKING: Pacific head coach and former NBA point guard Damon Stoudamire will be joining new Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka’s staff as an assistant, source told @Stadium. They grew up together in Portland.
Absolutely LOVE this hire by Udoka.
– Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 7, 2021
As Goodman mentioned, Stoudamire and Udoka grew up together in Portland, but the two also spent one season together as players with the San Antonio Spurs. Udoka was expected to add some former players to Boston’s coaching staff and Stoudamire fits that bill as the No. 7 overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors.
Stoudamire won the 1996 Rookie of the Year award, spending two and a half seasons in Toronto before being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers. He then helped lead the Blazers to the playoffs for six straight seasons as the starting point guard.
Following his time in Portland, Stoudamire played two and a half seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before concluding his playing career with the Spurs.
Stoudamire has since been in the coaching ranks, most recently serving as the head coach of the University of Pacific from 2016 to 2021. Stoudamire was the 2020 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year after transforming an 8-20 team to a 23-10 team over the course of four seasons. He also served two separate stints as an assistant coach with the Memphis Tigers, two seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona University, as well as two seasons as an assistant coach with the Grizzlies.
Under Udoka, he’ll join a newly formed Celtics coaching staff that has also reportedly been linked to Spurs assistant coach Will Hardy. The staff is undergoing turnover following former head coach Brad Stevens’ promotion to president of basketball operations, with assistants Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young reportedly not returning to the team, while another assistant, Jerome Allen, has left Boston for an assistant job under Dwane Casey with the Detroit Pistons.
Stoudamire marks the fifth former Raptor player on an NBA coaching staff, joining LA Clippers assistant Roy Rogers, Philadelphia 76ers assistant Popeye Jones, Orlando Magic assistant Tyrone Corbin and Trail Blazers assistant Jannero Pargo.
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