On a day where it was earlier reported that Kenny Smith, Former player and now TV personality would interview with the Pistons for their head coaching spot. Shams Charania has released an article with a couple more names that the Pistons have as possible candidates, amongst those names is Spurs assistant coach, Ime Udoka.
Udoka, a former player in the NBA played from 2007-2011 before playing some in the Spanish ACB League, signing in January 2012. After some time, he decided to retire and transition from player to coach, Udoka signed with a team where he played some years during his NBA career, the San Antonio Spurs in August of 2012 as an assistant coach. He’s been with them ever since, winning his first coaching championship in 2014 when the Spurs took down the Heat 4 games to 1 in the finals. He’s been noted as highly respected by players, Udoka has even been mentioned as a key reason that LaMarcus Aldridge decided to join the Spurs because they both played their rookie years together on the Trail Blazers. Udoka is highly spoken of league-wide and has interviewed with other teams this off-season, such as the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors.
As more and more names continue to pop up as candidates, Pistons fans can be somewhat relieved of their worry that the search was almost too quiet for it to be good.
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