Former Blazers forward and Jefferson alum Ime Udoka is putting together his coaching staff with the Celtics and is bringing in childhood friend Damon Stoudamire, according to Jeff Goodman of Stadium.
Stoudamire, 47, has been coaching since he retired in 2008 and spent the past five seasons at the University of the Pacific. His last opportunity coaching at the NBA level was with the Grizzlies from 2009 to 2011 on Lionel Hollins’ staff.
Both Udoka and Stoduamire are bringing a Portland touch to the east coast. As previously mentioned, both grew up together and also spent separate stints playing for their hometown team, the Blazers.
Although Stoudamire had a more memorable run with the team, having spent almost eight years with the organization.
He averaged 12.8 points and 5.7 assists in 528 regular-season games with the team. His production was similar in the playoffs as he was on the last Blazers teams to make consecutive Western Conference Finals appearances.