Celtics green-and-white appears to be like good on Nia Lengthy.
The actress was on cloud 9 Monday whereas celebrating fiancé Ime Udoka’s new head teaching gig in Boston. Lengthy took to Instagram to share a smiling selfie whereas wearing a symbolic Celtics No. 18 jersey.
“I just like the quantity 18. The legacy continues @celtics,” she captioned her publish, with the hashtag, “coachudoka18” — stating that Udoka will chase the storied franchise’s 18th title.
The previous NBA participant, now 43, centered a part of his introductory press convention discussing his championship hopes and stated he’s able to push Boston’s younger stars in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.
Lengthy shared various Instagram posts supporting her longtime associate. On Monday, she posted a photograph of Udoka at his Celtics media debut and gushed over the “heat welcome” the couple obtained from the group.
“I’m past happy with this man. Count on nice issues as a result of that’s what he does,” she wrote about Udoka in a separate Instagram publish.
Lengthy additionally shared a photograph of Udoka and Brad Stevens grinning throughout Udoka’s first day on the job. Udoka is Stevens’ alternative after Boston’s former head coach was promoted to go of basketball operations following Danny Ainge’s departure.
The Celtics official Instagram account re-posted Lengthy’s images, writing, “Welcome to the household [Nia Long].”
Stevens additionally named Lengthy, the couple’s son Kez, and his massive brother Massai in his welcome speech on Monday, whereas echoing feedback about Boston’s hopeful 18th title run.
Udoka was an assistant with the Nets earlier than he joined the Celtics. He beforehand spent seven seasons as a Spurs assistant, from 2012-2019, underneath coach Gregg Popovich. Udoka went on to spend two years in Philadelphia underneath Brett Brown. His taking part in profession included stints with the Lakers, Knicks, Blazers, Spurs and Kings.
Udoka and Lengthy have been collectively for over a decade and welcomed Kez in 2011. The couple received engaged in 2015, however have managed to maintain their relationship out of the highlight. Although, Lengthy has been a constant supporter of Udoka’s teaching profession on social media.
In 2012, Lengthy revealed she’s not a fan of marriage, regardless of being engaged to Udoka.
“I perceive the spiritual side of marriage. That’s stunning and it’s fantastical and it’s dreamy and it’s each lady’s fantasy to have that second. However I don’t know that I want that to really feel like I’m in a partnership that’s working,” she informed Essence in a canopy interview.