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Ime Udoka’s parents: What you probably don’t know about the parents of the former Boston Celtics coach 

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Ime Udoka’s parents might not be as popular as he is but sports fans are interested in knowing about the parents of one of the Nigerian basketball veterans and former Boston Celtics coach in the NBA. 

In this article, we will share what we know about Ime Udoka’s parents among other details you need to know about Ume Udoka’s family. Ume Udoka has a sister who is also a veteran of  Nigerian Women’s basketball. 

Ime Udoka’s Parents 

Ime Udoka’s parents are of different nationalities. While his father is from Nigerian, most likely from the eastern part of Nigeria, his mother is an American. No other information is known about his father. But one thing we know is that he moved to the United States at some point in his life because Ime Udoka was born in the United States. 

Ime Udoka parents

Ime Udoka’s mother is said to be Agnes Udoka. She is from Illinois, United States. Not much is known about her background or career. She is also the mother of Ime Udoka’s sister Mfon Udoka who played for the Detroit Shock, Houston Cometsa, and Los Angeles Sparks between 1998-2004. 

Ime Udoka Bio

Ime Udoka is a former professional basketball player from Nigeria who now works as an assistant coach for the NBA team San Antonio Spurs. He is also the fiancé of actress Nia Long, best known for her performances in the film ‘The Best Man’ and the television series ‘Third Watch’.

Ime Udoka parents

He previously spent three seasons as a small forward for the Spurs. He also played for the Nigerian basketball team, helping them win bronze medals at the FIBA Africa Championships in Algeria and Madagascar in 2005 and 2011, respectively.

In 2006, he received the ‘Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award’ as a player. In his current role as an assistant coach, he assisted the Spurs in their 4-1 victory over the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals. 


Ime Udoka went on to coach NBA giants, Boston Celtics. He led the team to the 2021-2022 NBA finals but lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games. 

Ime Udoka Suspension 

The Boston Celtics suspended Udoka for the entire 2022-23 season on September 22 for violating team policies regarding an inappropriate intimate relationship with a female Celtics staff member. Though the organization initially believed the relationship was consensual, the woman later accused Udoka of making unwanted comments to her. Following the suspension, Udoka issued an apology. 

He chose not to resign as a result of the violation, though Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Udoka’s future with the organization is not guaranteed after the 2022-23 season. Joe Mazzulla, his assistant coach, took over as interim head coach.


In November 2022, Nia Long, Udoka’s partner divorced him after his alleged affair with a staff of the Boston Celtics organization. The couple are no longer together after 13 years of being together but they are currently co-parenting their son Kez. 


Net Worth

Ime Udoka is a net of about $11 million. He is a Nigerian-American NBA coach and former basketball player. Ime Udoka was a journeyman small forward before becoming the head coach of the Boston Celtics.

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