Former Captain of the Nigerian basketball team Ime Udoka has made history by being the first African to be named as part of an NBA coaching team. The San Antonio Spurs announced earlier today that Ime has been assigned the role of assistant coach and will serve under NBA great, Greg Popovich. Ime is well known around basketball circles as being a hard worker and being able to read the game from a coaching point of view, he is also no stranger to the San Antonio team, having played there from 2007-09 and during the 2010-11 season. In his three seasons with the Spurs, Ime appeared in 160 games, averaging 4.5 points and 2.7 rebounds in 15.5 minutes. The Portland State University graduate also had stints at several NBA teams including the Portland Trail-Blazers, LA Lakers, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings and the New Jersey Nets. Udoka last club was in Spain where he played for Muricia during the 2011/12 season and averaged 12.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in the premier division.
Ime Udoka made his debut for the Nigerian team in the African Championships in 2005, he was also part of the squad that went to the world championship in 2006. In the 2011 African Championships, Udoka Captained the team to third place where he had averages of 12.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Frustrated at the lack of organisation from the Nigerian basketball federation, he decided to take a break from the squad, allowing him to focus on family life and a new born. It should be noted that Ime Udoka’s sister Mfon also has some coaching experience, she was the former assistant coach to the Nigerian female National team, and she also coached at First Bank in the Nigerian league. We at TNB wish Ime all the best as he delves into the world of coaching.