Boston Celtics Name Ime Udoka Head Coach

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Ime Udoka, former NBA star and Nigeria Men National Basketball team player, becomes the 18th Head Coach in Boston Celtics history. After a seven year NBA career, Ime began serving as an assistant coach for nine years including seven years with the San Antonio Spurs under the legendary coach Gregg Popovich. Check out the official press release here.

It will be great to see what Ime does with two NBA stars Jayson Tatum & Jalen Brown. The future is bright for both Udoka and the Boston Celtics. The Celtics team color scheme are perfect for Udoka as well.

Wale Joins ESPN The Jump

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Grammy nominated & multi-platinum recording artist Wale joined ESPN The Jump to discuss his new single Angles, Nigerian basketball, the Washington Wizards, and the NBA Playoffs/Finals. As you can see Wale is always repping for Nigeria (we need that Nigeria Basketball shirt on sale somewhere). Check out the full interview here:

Giannis Wins NBA All-Star MVP

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was the biggest star amongst stars last night during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta. Team Lebron defeated Team Durant 170 – 150 led by the reigning back to back MVP. Giannis becomes the second recipient of the honorary Kobe Bryant NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award.

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Nigeria Takes Over 2020 NBA Draft

The Cleveland Cavaliers select Isaac Okoro with the #5 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

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One of the main storylines coming of out of the 2020 NBA Draft was the record number of Nigerians drafted. There was a record of 8 Nigerians that got drafted including 6 players drafted as first round picks. Here’s the breakdown of the draft picks:

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Back to Back MVPs for Giannis

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the 2019-2020 NBA Most Valuable Player for the second straight regular season.  Giannis led the Milwaukee Bucks to the best record in the league with a record of 56-17. He continues to put up great numbers on a yearly basis with averages 29.5 PPG (5th in the league), 13.6 RPG (2nd in the league), 5.6 APG, and a league leading 31.94 PER. 

As I mentioned previously, Giannis joins Michael Jordan (1987-1988) and fellow Nigerian Hakeem Olajuwon  (1993-1994) as the only players to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. Giannis received 85 out of 101 first place votes from a total of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.

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Bam’s Game Winning Block

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Bam Adebayo had one of the greatest blocks in NBA history last night to give the Miami Heat the victory over Boston Celtics during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. This played showed why Bam was on the the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.