Jayson Tatum’s bold Celtics warning to NBA after Ime Udoka hiring
The Celtics officially hired Udoka last June to replace Brad Stevens, who has been promoted as the team’s president of basketball operations after Danny Ainge stepped down from his post.
Tatum and teammate Jaylen Brown reportedly endorsed and supported Udoka’s hiring, as both stars are said to like and respect the 43-year-old tactician whom they worked with during their Team USA stint.
Clearly, Tatum has nothing but admiration for his new coach. In fact, he already has high hopes for their partnership as the Celtics try to reach the next level after becoming perennial playoff contenders under Stevens.
“He’s really excited. It’s going to be fun. We’re going to try to accomplish something big,” Tatum said of Udoka, per Brian Robb of MassLive.
The Celtics have made seven straight playoffs appearances under Stevens. Unfortunately, the team failed to make it to the NBA Finals in all those attempts, with the farthest they’ve reached being the Eastern Conference Finals–which they did so three times.
With Ime Udoka at the helm, however, Jayson Tatum and the Celtics are surely hoping that fighting for the Larry O’Brien trophy is in the horizon. Boston has the talent to compete for a championship, as they are filled with young talent all ready to take that next step.
It remains to be seen if Tatum and Udoka can walk the talk and accomplish that “something big,” but it sure looks like they are motivated.