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Jay Williams embarrassingly thinks Ime Udoka is first “head coach of color” in Celtics history

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Professional basketball analyst Jay Williams spent Wednesday afternoon getting roasted online for a shockingly wrong tweet following the news that the Boston Celtics will hire Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka to be the next head coach of the storied franchise.

Williams tweeted his enthusiastic support for the move, and celebrated the Celtics for hiring the “first head coach of color” in team history.

“The first head coach of color for the Celtics,” Williams wrote, with a fist emoji. “& even more importantly…he is one talented individual who has paid his dues.”

The only problem with Williams’ tweet was, well, everything. The Celtics, in fact, have employed multiple minority coaches throughout their eight decades of existence, including Hall of Famers and championship-winners. A quick rundown:

  • Bill Russell served as player-coach of the Celtics from 1966-69, leading the team to two NBA titles.
  • Tom “Satch” Sanders, a Hall of Fame player for the Celtics, coached the team for a season and change in 1978.
  • K.C. Jones, a Hall of Famer and franchise icon, led Larry Bird and the Celtics to two titles during his tenure on the sidelines from 1983-88.
  • Jimmy Rodgers coached Boston for 164 games from 1988-90.
  • M.L. Carr also coached the Celtics for 164 games from 1995-97.
  • And, of course, Doc Rivers served as C’s head coach from 2004-13, winning a championship in 2008.

The ESPN radio host has not explained his brain-fart, yet, though he quickly deleted the erroneous message. Within minutes, his head-scratching tweet became the ire of #NBATwitter.

Congrats to Ime Udoka on his first NBA head coaching job!