The news that Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Ime Udoka – who has a long-standing relationship with Nia Long – is set to become the next Boston Celtics head coach has rocked social media.
NBA fans and fans of the “Fatal Affair” actor took to Twitter to applaud Udoka’s new gig and to celebrate the likelihood of Long sitting on the court during games.
“Udoka can come to Boston but he has to bring Nia Long with him,” a Twitter user said. wrote Thursday.
“This man got to work! And Boston also gets Nia Long ”, said another. “Big win for Boston!
Udoka, a retired NBA player, is in the process of finalizing a deal to become the Celtics’ next head coach, ESPN reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. Prior to joining the Nets, Udoka was an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs for seven seasons and an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers for one season.
Long and Udoka went public with their relationship in 2010 and got engaged in 2015, according to Essence. The “Love Jones” actor told the publication last year that she didn’t feel the need to get married.
“Love is complicated, let’s start there,” she said. “And then you start a marriage, which I’ve never been married to. And there’s a reason for that because I don’t know if I need to say ‘yes’ to prove to you that I love you.
“But also, what is marriage really [mean] … That you own me now and that I own you? I don’t understand that part, ”she added.
Long shared similar sentiments with Essence in 2012, telling the magazine that “marriage is not a priority.”
“We are happy, I am happy, the kids are fantastic,” she said.
Long and Udoka share their 9-year-old son, Kez. The actor has a 20-year-old son, Massai, from a previous relationship.
Long celebrated Udoka on Instagram for Father’s Day, sharing a photo of them with the caption: “Happy Father’s Day Zaddy! We love you!”
Twitter users congratulated Udoka on Thursday and celebrated the prospect of seeing more of Long:
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