After a disappointing 2-5 start to the regular season, the Brooklyn Nets parted ways with Steve Nash. They reportedly hired their new coach hours later.
Multiple reports claim that Nash will be replaced by Ime Udoka, the suspended head coach of the Boston Celtics.
According to The Athletic, Brooklyn was granted permission by the Celtics to speak with Udoka. The Nets are planning to hire him.
According to ESPN, the deal could be completed in 24 to 48 hours.
Udoka was an assistant coach for Nash in Brooklyn during the 2020-2021 season.
Udoka was suspended by the Celtics for the entirety of the 2022-2023 NBA season because he “violated team policies”. According to reports, he had a consensual relationship with a female staffer within the Celtics.
Wyc Grousbeck, the majority owner of Celtics, told reporters that the suspension was the result of a lengthy investigation by an outside law firm. The firm conducted a thorough investigation.
Grousbeck stated that he learned of a situation over the summer and part of the summer. “Called the law firm then, and the investigation took some twists and turns. It took some time to find all the facts. The investigation was finally over, and all we know is now complete.
This news shocked an organization coming off its first NBA Finals appearance in 10 years. Joe Mazzulla was appointed interim head coach.
Udoka’s hiring is the latest in a series of upheavals for the Nets, who have been going through a turbulent few months since moving on from Nash on Tuesday.
Kevin Durant, a Brooklyn star, demanded a trade before the 2022 season.
Durant, according to reports, asked for Marks and Nash’s firing. Joe Tsai refused.
Kyrie Irving was accused last week of sharing a social media film with antisemitic material. Tsai and the Nets condemned Irving’s promotion, but Irving refused to answer reporters when they asked him about his post after Saturday’s match against the Indiana Pacers.
Brooklyn will face the Chicago Bulls Tuesday night, with Jacque Vaughn as an assistant coach and head coach.