Ime Udoka Took Arms-Off Strategy To Teaching Jayson Tatum At Olympics

Ime Udoka and Jayson Tatum acquired a head begin on what could be an extended NBA relationship.

The Boston Celtics head coach revealed to reporters Tuesday how he and the C’s celebrity 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 accountability of instructing Tatum to Crew 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 stated, 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 attempting to work on a few of these issues.”

Udoka’s strategy is considerably stunning, as many would count on him to attempt to coach up Tatum early and infrequently on their Olympic journey. How their relationship unfolds over time finally will inform whether or not Udoka’s hands-off strategy proved efficient.

Udoka additionally praised Tatum for the way he got here off the bench for Crew USA and impacted video games in a constructive manner.

“The bench position (on Crew USA) was one thing completely different for him, however he accepted it,” Udoka continued. “And for those who take a look at his numbers total, 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.”