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NBA Twitter roasts ESPN's Jay Williams for wrong tweet about Celtics coach Ime Udoka

Sporting News logo Sporting News 6/24/2021 Jacob Camenker

It appeared Jay Williams didn't do his homework before tweeting about the Celtics hiring Ime Udoka.

The ESPN analyst quickly found himself in hot water with a tweet from his verified account that claimed Udoka was "the first head coach of color" for the franchise.

Here is the since-deleted tweet:

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Of course, Udoka is not the first head coach of color for the Celtics. In fact, the Celtics were the first NBA franchise to hire a non-white coach when they named Bill Russell a player-coach on April 16, 1966.

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More recently, Doc Rivers led the Celtics to an NBA title during his decade-long run in charge of the franchise (2004-13).

And over its 75-year history, Boston has employed five coaches of color before Udoka: Russell, Rivers, Tom Sanders, K.C. Jones and M.L. Carr.

Williams tweeted Wednesday night that someone else made the post.


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The original post naturally made waves on social media, as Twitter users poked fun at him for failing to fact-check his claim.

It has been a difficult month for Williams. In early June, Kevin Durant called him out and said a story the ESPN analyst told about Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo was "a f—ing lie." 

Williams responded that he was trying to compliment Durant.

"I was probably wrong for sharing a personal story, but that’s what we do — we share personal stories," Williams said. "It was meant as a compliment. There are levels to this. It was about saying how different KD is. It’s unfortunate that KD felt that way at that moment, but I wish KD nothing but love and all the best success."

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