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Celtics fans go wild after finding out Ime Udoka is engaged to Nia Long

Joshua Rogers May 24, 2022
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The actress was in attendance at TD Garden for Boston’s Game 4 matchup with the Miami Heat. NBA fans went wild after only just finding out Ime Udoka is engaged to Nia Long.

The Boston Celtics just evened up their Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Miami Heat. The Celtics were 2-1 down heading into Game 4 but were able to win the game, 102-82.

The Boston Celtics have been one of the toughest defenses in the NBA this season and it all starts with head coach Ime Udoka. The 44-year-old took the job in June 2021, but it’s only now that some NBA fans are discovering details of his personal life.

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Nia Long attends Game 4 between Celtics and Heat

Actress Nia Long was in attendance at TD Garden on Monday night (24 May) to watch Game 4 of the Celtics vs Heat series.

Long is an actress who gained recognition for her roles in several 90s films, including Boyz n the Hood (1991), Love Jones (1997), Big Momma’s House (2000), as well as TV series such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1991–1995).

51-year-old Long was sitting court-side with her son Kez at the game:

NBA fans go wild after discovering Ime Udoka is engaged to Nia Long

It was only after seeing the actress sitting court-side that fans realised Ime Udoka and Nia Long are in a relationship. Not only are they dating, the couple are engaged, which came as a complete shock.

Twitter was awash with fans learning of their relationship for the first time:

What we know about Ime Udoka and Nia Long’s relationship

Ime and Nia have been dating since 2010 after meeting while Udoka was an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs. They welcomed son Kez in November 2011. The couple got engaged in 2015 but have never tied the knot.

“Love is complicated, let’s just start there,” said Nia during an interview with Essence in 2020. “I’ve never been married. And there’s a reason for that because I don’t know that I need to say ‘I do’ to prove to you that I love you.”

“But also, what does marriage really [mean]… that you own me now and I own you? I don’t get that part.”

“I understand the religious aspect of marriage. That is beautiful and it’s fantastical and it’s dreamy and it’s every girl’s fantasy to have that moment.”

She concluded: “But I don’t know that I need that to feel like I’m in a partnership that’s working.

Nia has been hugely supportive of Ime since he joined the Celtics. When he was officially announced as the Celtics head coach she wrote this on Instagram (per NBC Sports):

“Today you are officially the Head Coach of the Boston @celtics big love to the entire staff for the warm welcome. I am beyond proud of this man. Expect great things because that’s what he does.”

She was also in attendance for his first game in charge:

Who do you think advances to the NBA Finals, the Celtics or the Heat? Let us know in the comments below!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.