With Brad Stevens heading up to the front office and shipping Kemba Walker out to the OKC Thunder, it was only right their next head coach would be connected to a well known and legendary person.
Ime Udoka was promoted from being Steve Nash’s assistant on the Brooklyn Nets to leading the Celtics’ locker room.
Not many people cared about his hiring more than they cared about who he was in a relationship with. Head Coach Ime Udoka is in fact engaged to esteemed actress Nia Long.
Long has a son, born in 2000, from a previous relationship. Since 2010, she has been in a relationship with Ime Udoka. They have a son, born in 2011. The couple became engaged in 2015, though Long has stated she has no plans to marry.
“Love is complicated, let’s just start there,” Long told Essence in 2020. “And then you start a marriage, which I’ve never been married. And there’s a reason for that because I don’t know that I need to say ‘I do’ to prove to you that I love you. But also, what does marriage really [mean]… that you own me now and I own you? I don’t get that part.”