It's still hard to wrap my head around the Ime Udoka situation. He helped the Celtics reach the NBA Finals: Presented by YoutubeTV for the first time since 2010, then was effectively fired for a consensual, albeit at the very least, sketchy relationship.
We still don't know all the details and may never, but I've moved on from my early #FreeIme takes. It's Joe's team now. I want the Celtics to win a championship; I don't care who's coaching.
I need help understanding this move by the Celtics. Ime's currently suspended and under contract. Why would they let him walk to a division rival/opponent without any compensation? That doesn't seem like a smart decision, IMO. Can't you finagle a fucking pick out of this? Finagle might not even be the right word in this situation since there's a dishonest connotation, and the Celtics asking for compensation would be anything but that. Either way, I'm confused AF.
Sure, the Nets don't have any picks until like the 2030s, but why would you give a team with Kevin Durant and ̶M̶e̶l̶ ̶G̶i̶b̶s̶ Kyrie Irving a coach that makes their dumpster fire situation seemingly a little better for free? Are the Celtics gambling that bringing Ime into the mix will make the Nets' current mess even messier? Do they just wanna wash their hands of Ime, even if it puts the C's on a tougher road to a championship? That doesn't seem very "it's all about 18" to me.
I'm sorry, but we deserve to know what happened with Ime. How bad could it really be if the C's were willing to suspend him for the entire year but not outright fire him? Wasn't the whole point of doing that so you wouldn't lose him to a competitor this season? It's sort of fucked up because, sure, he made some unwanted comments, but "unwanted comments" are so fucking vague it could be anything. Was it an off-color remark or a threat? Like what does that even mean? When one of my friends says, "really, two appetizers, Dozie?" that's an unwanted comment, but I'm not gonna like terminate a friendship over it. Honestly is the best policy, and the Boston Celtics should be transparent about why they're letting a coach who helped get them get over their ECF hump go to a division rival with (aging) superstars for free (unless it's a sabotage).
I don't know, loyal DOL reader. Maybe the Celtics hope Ime does more harm than good to the Nets? Perhaps they simply want to move on, but giving Ime Udoka away for nothing seems like a mistake to me. Luckily for the Boston Celtics, I'm wrong all the time. It's all about 18, even though that phrase is way too Yankee-adjacent for my liking.