Earlier today, Joe Crowly included a snippet in his story about the Chicago Bulls’ head coaching search. Even though Jim Boylen hasn’t officially been shown the door, Crowly reports that Ime Udoka, currently the Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach, is reportedly the front runner to take over as head coach in Chicago.
Ime Udoka played in the NBA intermittently between 2003 and 2011. After wrapping up his playing career in San Antonio, he became a Spurs assistant coach under Gregg Popovich from 2012-2019, helping the Spurs win a championship in 2014. He also helped recruit LaMarcus Aldridge to the Spurs in 2015 because the two had played together in Portland.
For the past NBA season, Udoka served as the lead assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers. He comes with a reputation of developing great relationships with players, which I’m sure would be a welcome idea to current Bulls players.
Of course, the Gregg Popovich coaching tree doesn’t always produce gems (see: Boylen, Jim) but Udoka is a name that is easy to get excited about. We’ll see what Chicago does.
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