Report: Nets May "Back Off" On Ime Udoka Due To "Blowback"

If you've been wondering why the seemingly inevitable hiring by the Brooklyn Nets of suspended Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka hasn't happened yet, it's because it just might not. According to Adam Zagoria in, owner Joe Tsai "is getting some blowback” and there’s “too much potential drama,” one league source told Zagoria of a possible Udoka hiring.

In addition, the report notes that NBA commissioner Adam Silver "may have stepped in." 

The "blowback" mentioned is internal, from within the Nets organization. “There has been some concern from women in leadership positions within the Nets.”

The Nets fired Steve Nash as head coach a week ago, in the midst of the latest Kyrie Irving drama, and a woeful 2-6 start. It was immediately reported, within a couple of hours after the firing, that they were in talks to hire the shamed and suspended Udoka. He was put on ice by the Celtics for a full season for inappropriate sexual allegations in their organization. 

The Nets, meanwhile, have since won two games under interim coach Jacque Vaughn.