New Boston Celtics Head Coach Ime Udoka is reportedly adding a former teammate and fellow Portland native to his staff. According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, Aaron Miles, the 2000 Oregon 4A Player of the Year, will join Udoka on the Celtics’ bench after three seasons with the Golden State Warriors’ organization.
Boston is expected to add Golden State player development assistant Aaron Miles to Ime Udoka’s new Celtics coaching staff, according to league sources. Miles was the head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors from 2017-19.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) July 13, 2021
Miles starred at Portland’s Jefferson High School shortly after Udoka, leading the Democrats to am 28-0 record as a junior in 2000, in addition to taking home POY honors. He went on to become a four-year starter with the Kansas Jayhawks, helping the team to the National Championship Game in 2003, where they lost to Carmelo Anthony and the Syracuse Orange. He was a two-time All-Big 12 selection and is the all-time assists leader for both the school and conference.
After playing 19 games with the Warriors, Miles embarked on a lengthy career overseas, before joining the coaching ranks in 2015 at his alma mater. He spent a year with Florida Gulf Coast before becoming head coach of the Santa Cruz Warriors in 2017.
Interestingly enough, Miles and Udoka have more in common then just their Portland roots, as noted by The Athletic’s Jared Weiss.
In 2006, Portland native Aaron Miles failed his physical with the Portland Trail Blazers and you’ll never guess who ended up taking the roster spot: Portland native Ime Udoka.— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) July 14, 2021
He ended up starting the whole year before leaving for his two-year stint in San Antonio.
Udoka was hired by the Celtics on June 28, having served as an NBA assistant since 2012, most notably under Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs.