This follows the firing of Steve Nash just a few days ago after a rough 2-5 start for the year.
Udoka is a good coach and the fact that he brought the Boston Celtics to the Finals in his first year on the job shows that.
But the way that Udoka left the Celtics was very troubling – and also still a bit mysterious.
We know that he was suspended for a whole year because he had a consensual relationship with a female staffer.
Yet, many questions remain.
The Nets do know that if Udoka is hired he's going to have to answer questions about why he was suspended by the Celtics. Real answers.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) November 3, 2022
As Andrew Marchand put it, “The Nets do know that if Udoka is hired he’s going to have to answer questions about why he was suspended y the Celtics. Real answers.”
The next few days could be very revealing.
The Celtics didn’t get into the intricate details of the Udoka situation.
That’s understandable given the sensitive subject matter and the people involved.
However, Udoka and the Nets will need to be transparent about what Udoka did, why it led to such a serious punishment, and why the Nets feel that won’t be a problem moving forward.
If Brooklyn doesn’t address this issue correctly, it will look like they are skirting the issue and avoiding the subject.
That will only make the whole situation way worse.
There is a correct way and an incorrect way to handle a scandal.
In the next few days and weeks, we will learn if the Nets know the right approach.
Some wonder why Udoka hasn’t been announced as the new head coach.
Perhaps it’s because the front office has been preparing for the PR mess that will come with this.