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Report: Udoka's Celtics add Stoudamire as assistant coach

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The Boston Celtics are adding another new face to head coach Ime Udoka's coaching staff.

Pacific head coach and former NBA point guard Damon Stoudamire is joining the Celtics as an assistant coach, Stadium's Jeff Goodman reported Wednesday.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported last week that Boston was targeting Stoudamire for an assistant role.

Stoudamire has been the head coach at Pacific since 2016 and won West Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2020. He also a few connections to Udoka: They grew up in the Portland area together and were teammates on the San Antonio Spurs in 2008.

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A No. 7 overall draft pick in 1995, Stoudamire won NBA Rookie of the Year with the Raptors and enjoyed a 13-year NBA career with Toronto, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Spurs. He spent two years as an assistant coach for the Grizzlies from 2009 to 2011 before college coaching stints with Memphis and Arizona.

Ironically, Stoudamire nearly joined the eventual NBA champion Celtics in January 2008 after his buyout from the Grizzlies. Boston added Sam Cassell instead, while Stoudamire joined Udoka in San Antonio.

 

Boston reportedly is also hiring Spurs assistant coach Will Hardy, who worked with Udoka in San Antonio. Meanwhile, two longtime assistants under former head coach Brad Stevens -- Jay Larranaga and Jamie Young -- aren't returning next season.

So, we'll see a new-look coaching staff in Boston this fall as the team transitions from Stevens to Udoka.