Boston Celtics’ head coach Ime Udoka missed the team’s media day due to a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
“Celtics announce new Head Coach Ime Udoka has a breakthrough case of Covid-19,” Abby Chin of NBC Sports Boston reported.
“He is in his 10th day of isolation and will not be at media day. Udoka is expected to be at the opening of training camp Tuesday.”
Ime Udoka was hired by former head coach and current President of Basketball Operations Brad Stevens shortly into the off-season.
“He [Udoka] has my full attention, my full respect” Celtics’ star Jaylen Brown said.
“I’m completely bought in.”
The longest tenured Celtics’ player and de facto roster leader Marcus Smart also shared a positive outlook for the team under Udoka.
“For us, it’s starting fresh, starting over,” Smart – who spent the first seven years of his NBA career playing under Brad Stevens – said.
The Celtics will look to compete for an NBA championship this upcoming season behind the play of MVP candidate Jayson Tatum and a talented veteran core.