Ime Udoka Biography, Career, Family, Partner, Kids, and Net Worth

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This article will answer every question you have about Ime Udoka. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about him/her.

  1. What does Udoka do for a living?
  2. Who are Ime Udokas’s parents and siblings?
  3. What are Ime Udoka’s interests and hobbies?
  4. Is Ime Udoka married or does he have a girlfriend/boyfriend?
  5. Does Ime Udoka have any children?
  6. Where is Ime Udoka now?
  7. How tall is Ime Udoka?
  8. How much money does Ime Udoka earn?
  9. What is Ime Udoka’s net worth?

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Who is Ime Udoka?

Ime Sunday Udoka is a famous Nigerian-American professional basketball coach and former player. He is the head coach for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Udoka represented the Nigeria national team during his playing career.
Ime Sunday Udoka is a famous Nigerian-American professional basketball coach and former player. He is the head coach for the Boston Celtic.

Ima Udoka Career

Professional career


Udoka started his professional basketball career by playing in the NBDL with the Charleston Lowgators who drafted him with the 39th overall pick in the 2002 NBDL Draft. He was called up to play with the Los Angeles Lakers on January 14, 2004, but was later waived. After a stint in Europe, he returned to the states and was once again drafted in NBDL. This time he was drafted 3rd overall by Fort Worth Flyers in the 2005 NBDL Draft. He averaged 17.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game with the Flyers. On April 6, 2006, Udoka was signed by the New York Knicks. Udoka was waived by the Knicks on September 11, 2006.

He was the last player invited to his hometown Portland Trail Blazers training camp before the 2006–07 season, getting the invitation only after Aaron Miles failed a physical. Despite the death of his father during the preseason, Udoka impressed the coaching staff with his defensive skills and made the team. After having played in only 12 NBA games in his career, Udoka started in 75 games played in the 2006–07 season. He played 28.6 minutes per game while averaging 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.9 steals.


In 2007, Udoka signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs. He played in 73 games averaging 5.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 18 minutes. In his second season with the Spurs, Udoka played in 67 games and started in three. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.4 minutes. Following the 2009 season, Udoka became a free agent, eventually re-signing with the Trail Blazers. He was waived by the Blazers on October 22, 2009, but signed with the Sacramento Kings on November 4, 2009.

He played 69 games with the Kings, averaging 3.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13.7 minutes. On November 24, 2010, Udoka rejoined the Spurs, but he was waived on January 5, 2011, after playing only 20 games. On December 15, 2011, Udoka signed with the New Jersey Nets. However, he was waived on December 23, 2011. In January 2012, Udoka signed with UCAM Murcia of the Spanish Liga ACB.

Coaching career

San Antonio Spurs 2012–2019

In August 2012, Udoka joined the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach for Gregg Popovich. Udoka would win his first championship after the Spurs defeated the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals 4–1. He was also the key to LaMarcus Aldridge’s decision to join the Spurs in 2015. Both Udoka and Aldridge played together with the Trail Blazers during Aldridge’s rookie season.

A photo of Ime Udoka
A photo of Ime Udoka

How old is Ime Udoka?Udoka is currently 45 years old as of 2022. He was born in Portland, Oregon, on August 9, 1977. He has shared his birthday with popular people including Johann Michael Bach, Amedeo Avogadro, Vicente Guerrero, Tove Jansson, Bob Cousy, Rod Laver, Ken Norton, Chris Haney, and many more.

Ime Udoka Family

Who are Ime Udoka Parents?

Udoka was born to his parent, the late father Vitalis Udoka and the late Agnes Udoka. Udoka’s father was of Nigerian descent, which qualified the younger Udoka for Nigerian citizenship. His parent welcomed him in 1977 in the City. His mother, who died in late 2011, was an American from Illinois. He has not shared much information about his parents and family with the media.

Does Ime Udoka have siblings?

He was born into a family of two children as the youngest and has only 1 sister whose named Mfon Udoka. She is a famous Nigerian-American former professional basketball player, who played in the WNBA.

Ime Udoka Education?

He joined Portland’s Jefferson High School. Udoka played for Utah State University Eastern and the University of San Francisco before transferring to Portland State University where he starred for the Vikings.

Ime Udoka Partner?

He is engaged to his wife, whose name is Nia Long. Udoka has been together with his wife from 2010 to date after they were set up by a mutual friend. In November 2011, his then-girlfriend Long gave birth to their first child, Kez Sunday Udoka. The couple later became engaged in May 2015. Not much is known about his wife to the media as she keeps a low profile.

Ime Udoka Kids?

Udoka and his wife Nia Long have one child in their marriage. The couple has a son named Kez Udoka, who was born in November 2011.

Ime Udoka Height?

Adding up to his well-built body he has a height of 6ft 5 in (1.96 m) and a weight of 220lbs (100 kg) He maintains his body, does exercise, and keeps his body attractive.

Philadelphia 79 ers 2019-2020

He Udoka was hired as an assistant coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in June 2019. His head coach on the 76ers, Brett Brown, also coached under Gregg Popovich for the Spurs, and he and Brown were on the same staff in the 2012–13 season.

Brooklyn Net 2020-2021

The Brooklyn Nets hired him as an assistant coach on October 30, 2020.

Bostom Celtics 2021 to present On June 28, 2021, Udoka was hired as head coach of the Boston Celtics, becoming the 5th head coach of African origin in Boston Celtics history. Udoka led the Celtics to a 51-31 record despite starting the season 18-21 and made their first NBA Finals appearance since 2010. However, the Celtics would lose 6 games to the Golden State Warriors.

National team career

Udoka was a player on the Nigerian national team. At the 2006 FIBA World Championships, Udoka led Nigeria in scoring, assists, and steals. He also played for Nigeria in the 2005 and 2011 FIBA Africa Championships, winning a bronze medal in both tournaments.

Udoka has served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball under his Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich. His coaching role on the 2019 FIBA World Cup team helped him build relationships with Celtics players Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart, who advocated for his hiring as the new Boston head coach. Udoka also coached for Team USA under Popovich at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, along with Celtics assistant Will Hardy.

Ime Udoka Net Worth?

Nigerian-American professional basketball coach and former player, Udoka is the head coach for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been active from 2000 to the present and has an estimated net worth of $11.5 million.