Ime Udoka is a Nigerian-American professional basketball coach and former player who is best known as the head coach of the NBA’s Boston Celtics and is currently suspended for the 2022-23 season. Udoka is regarded as the NBA’s first Nigerian head coach.
He helped the Spurs in their 4-1 victory over the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals while serving as their assistant coach. He represented the Nigerian national team and helped them to win bronze medals at the 2005 and 2011 FIBA Africa Championships in Algeria and Madagascar, respectively.
He is also known for being engaged to Nia Long, an actress best known for her roles in the movies “The Best Man” and “Third Watch.” Udoka has recently made news due to his impending disciplinary action, which could include a major suspension over a consensual relationship.
What is Ime Udoka’s Net Worth?
|Net Worth||$12 Million|
|Age||45 Years Old|
|Salary & Income||$500 Thousand (per year)|
- Udoka earned $2.3 million as a head coach during his time as a professional NBA player with the San Antonio Spurs.
- He earned $744,551 as a Portland Trail Blazers player during the 2006-07 season.
- During the 2009-10 season, he earned $838,034 with the Sacramento Kings.
- According to reports, Udoka’s total pay is $3,926,817.
Ime Udoka was born on 9th August 1977 in Nigeria to Agnes Udoka, a homemaker and Vitalis Udoka, an entrepreneur. He has an older sister, Mfon who played in the WNBA in the past.
He graduated from Portland’s Jefferson High School before enrolling at the University of San Francisco. Udoka later changed colleges to Portland State University.
Career as a Player
Udoka finished his collegiate career at Portland State, where he averaged 14.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Udoka was drafted 39th overall by the Charleston Lowgators of the NBDL (now the G-League), and he was called up to play with the Lakers in 2004. After only four games Udoka was released.
Udoka returned to the NBDL after a brief spell overseas, averaging 17.1 points per game. The Knicks signed him to a contract in 2006, but he was waived again.
Udoka did not have to travel to Europe this time since his hometown team, the Portland Trail Blazers, signed him and he started all 75 games in 2006-07.
Udoka averaged 8.4 points per game and made 40.6 percent of his three-point attempts that season, but the Blazers released him to make room for rookie Patty Mills who Udoka would later help the coach to a championship with the Spurs in 2014.
Udoka then spent 2 years in San Antonio, a season in Sacramento, and another season with the Spurs before retiring in Spain.
Udoka began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs in 2012. He played seven seasons for the Spurs, winning the NBA Finals in 2014.
He joined the Philadelphia 76ers as the team’s lead assistant coach for the 2019-20 season, replacing Monty Williams. He came to the Sixers following 7 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.
Udoka then becomes an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets in 2020-21 before taking over as head coach of the Celtics in 2021-22. Under his leadership, the Celtics reached the NBA Finals in 2022 but were defeated by the Golden State Warriors. He also served as a coach for Team USA in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s Twitter, Udoka is facing disciplinary action that might result in a “significant suspension.” With the probable disciplinary action, he is suspended for the full 2022-23 season.
According to Shams Charania, he was suspected of having an inappropriate relationship with a female employee. His actions were found to be in violation of the franchise’s code of conduct.
In February 2010, Udoka and Nia were set up on a date in Boston by a mutual friend. Nia is a well-known actress who gave birth to her son Massai ten years before she met Udoka from her previous relationship with Massai Z. Dorsey.
Udoka and Nia Long started dating in 2010 and they had their son, Kez Sunday Udoka the following year as well as they got engaged in 2015.
Ime Udoka Net Worth
As of 2022, Ime Udoka’s net worth is estimated to be $12 million. He made the majority of his money while playing and coaching as well as through brand promotions. He played for the Nigerian national team before beginning his professional NBA career with the North Charleston Lowgators.
He has gotten along with the Celtic players’ thanks to his impeccable record and current role as head coach, and he has been proposing strategies for a top-notch defensive team.