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Report: C's adding another assistant coach with ties to Udoka

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Ime Udoka is set to welcome another familiar face to his Boston Celtics coaching staff.

Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Ben Sullivan has agreed to join the Celtics in a coaching role, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday.

Sullivan was one of Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer's top assistants on a Milwaukee team that just won an NBA championship. He followed Budenholzer from the Atlanta Hawks in 2018 and has worked closely with All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo on improving his shot in recent seasons.

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Prior to his stint with the Hawks, Sullivan served as an assistant video coordinator for the San Antonio Spurs, where Udoka was an assistant coach from 2012 to 2019. Sullivan and Udoka share a hometown connection as well, as both hail from Portland, Oregon. Sullivan played basketball at the University of Portland and worked in basketball operations at the school before joining the NBA ranks.

Udoka and Sullivan join a third Portland native on Boston's coaching staff in Damon Stoudamire, who was Udoka's teammate on the Spurs in 2008. The Celtics also brought on Will Hardy, who was an assistant coach in San Antonio alongside Udoka and is currently in Tokyo with Udoka on Gregg Popovich's Team USA staff.

 

It's common for new head coaches to overhaul their group of assistants, and Udoka indeed is making wholesale changes after Brad Stevens transitioned to president of basketball operations.

There's at least one holdover from the Stevens regime, though: Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is staying on staff and will coach the Celtics' Summer League squad in Las Vegas.