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76ers Add 2 Former Spurs Assistants to Staff
This past week the Philadelphia 76ers added 2 coaches to their staff from head coach Brett Brown’s former team, the San Antonio Spurs. They hired assistant coach Ime Udoka and player development coach, Cameron Hodges. Both coaches will retain the same roles as they did with the Spurs. Hodges will come over next month when he is done with San Antonio. Udoka will also likely become the head assistant for the 76ers, replacing current Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams.
Beginning his sixth season in San Antonio as an assistant coach, seven-year NBA veteran and former Spur, Ime Udoka, was named to the All-NBA D-League First Team in 2004 and before receiving the league’s Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award in 2006. His time with the Spurs has included two summers as head coach of the Spurs Las Vegas Summer League squad in 2013 and 2014.
From Portland, Oregon, he tipped off his college career at Utah State University Eastern before spending a year at the University of San Francisco and finishing at Portland State University. He then spent time in the NBA Development League and played internationally in both Spain and France. After transitioning to the NBA, he suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Sacramento Kings before eventually spending three seasons as a Spur from 2007 to 2009 and their 2010–11 campaign.
Being that his late father was born in Nigeria of Ibibio descent, he’s also played for the Nigerian National Team in multiple tournaments including the 2005 African Championship, the 2006 FIBA World Championship, and the 2011 African Championship where he helped lead Nigeria to a bronze medal.
Cameron Hodges was an assistant coach for the Latvian national team in the summer of 2017 to help with Davis Bertans, one of his players on the Spurs. Cameron’s playing career spanned college ball at Minnesota State and professionally in Romania, Hungary, Luxembourg and Slovenia
Hodges has spent three seasons in San Antonio, where he worked under Spurs assistant and head of player development Chip Engelland. Engelland, a former professional player himself, who has helped develop a lot of Spurs players in the shooting aspect of their game.
Hodges main focus as a coach will be primarily with shooting, especially with Ben Simmons which has been rumored often. The hope is he can help develop Simmons’ shot and add another key piece to his game.
Lindsey Harding will work alongside Hodges. Lindsey was promoted from a scout to a player development coach earlier this past season.