Ime Udoka and Jayson Tatum acquired a head begin on what is perhaps an extended NBA relationship.
The Boston Celtics head coach revealed to reporters Tuesday how he and the C’s famous person benefitted from the time they spent together on the Tokyo Olympics.
As a substitute of smothering Tatum along with his voice and basketball views, Udoka ceded the duty of educating Tatum to Workforce USA’s different coaches. In spite of everything, they’ll have numerous alternatives to work collectively in Boston.
“Clearly, we spent a ton of time to type of strengthen our bond,” Udoka mentioned, per The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach. “However I simply type of let him be taught from the opposite coaches. I hit him with little gems right here and there about issues he can implement when he doesn’t have the ball, like he’ll in Boston. So making an attempt to work on a few of these issues.”
Udoka’s strategy is considerably stunning, as many would anticipate him to attempt to coach up Tatum early and sometimes on their Olympic journey. How their relationship unfolds over time in the end will inform whether or not Udoka’s hands-off strategy proved efficient.
Udoka additionally praised Tatum for a way he got here off the bench for Workforce USA and impacted video games in a optimistic means.
“The bench function (on Workforce USA) was one thing completely different for him, however he accepted it,” Udoka continued. “And when you take a look at his numbers general, I feel (he was the) second-leading scorer behind Kevin (Durant). He did an amazing job and clearly he performed nice within the final recreation.”