Portland native and former Trail Blazer, Ime Udoka is leaving San Antonio to join Brett Brown's staff in Philadelphia, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
After seven years under Gregg Popovich, Spurs assistant Ime Udoka has agreed to become Brett Brown’s lead assistant with the 76ers, league sources tell ESPN. Brown reaches back to his Spurs roots on a strong replacement for Monty Williams.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 7, 2019
Udoka was born in Portland, attended Portland's Jefferson High School, and played his final seasons of collegiate basketball at Portland State.
Udoka played in the NBA from 2003 to 2011, but fans in Portland will remember him most for the 2006-07 season when he played for his hometown Trail Blazers. He played in 75 games for the Blazers that season, averaging 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. It would end up being the best season of his career.
In 2012, Udoka joined the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant under head coach Gregg Popovich. In his seven seasons in San Antonio, Udoka had become one of the more well-respected assistants in the league.
Now he moves to Philadelphia where he will fill the void left by Monty Williams, who was hired as the new head coach of the Phoenix Suns back in May.
Williams was an assistant coach with the Trail Blazers from 2005 to 2010, meaning a former Trail Blazer is being replaced by a former Trail Blazer.