Atlantic Notes: Udoka, Knicks, Celtics

As we relayed earlier this week, new Sixers coach Ime Udoka is replacing Monty Williams as lead assistant coach under head man Brett Brown. Unlike Williams, however, Idoka will also be tasked with being the team’s new defensive coordinator next season, writes Rich Hofmann of The Athletic.

Udoka has interviewed unsuccessfully for some head coaching positions over the last couple offseasons in Cleveland, Toronto, Detroit, Charlotte and Orlando, but this new position for the Sixers will still be a promotion for him, as Ettore Messina is the lead assistant in San Antonio.

Getting the opportunity to be a lead assistant may very well increase Udoka’s chances of landing a head coaching role in the near future, especially considering the success that Brown’s other assistants for the Sixers like Lloyd Pierce (Hawks) and Williams (Suns) have had when they had the opportunity to interview for top jobs.

In the meantime, Udoka will oversee a defense that largely underperformed during the 2018/19 season given the talent on the Sixers’ roster.

There’s more from the Atlantic Division this afternoon:

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12 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Udoka, Knicks, Celtics

  1. Rocket32

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the Knicks come up empty on the top FA’s. All this talk and hype about the Knicks landing someone like KD or Kyrie, based on what? They really have nothing to new to offer a player this year. I wouldn’t be so sure that simply being somewhat stable now and no longer a circus is enough to attract whatever star players they want. Most other interested teams have more to offer.

  2. hiflew

    Bruno Fernando? With the 51st pick? He is in the top 10 in most mocks I have seen.

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