Nets' Ime Udoka reportedly atop Celtics' head-coaching list
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Nets assistant Ime Udoka reportedly atop Celtics' head-coaching list

It appears the Boston Celtics might be close to hiring their next head coach. 

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times , Brooklyn Nets assistant Ime Udoka is "believed to be" at the top of Boston's list to replace Brad Stevens as head coach of the Celtics. 

The report comes after The Athletic's Clevis Murray said Tuesday that Udoka has been at the top of the Celtics' list "for some time" and is the favorite to land the job. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski also reported earlier this month that Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart gave Udoka strong reviews. The trio played for him and Gregg Popovich at the 2019 World Cup. 

Udoka served as an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs from 2012-19 and was also an assistant for the Philadelphia 76ers before joining the Nets this season. 

According to Stadium's Jeff Goodman, Los Angeles Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups is also a top candidate to replace Stevens as head coach. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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