Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka have been named the NBA Western and Eastern Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in February. pic.twitter.com/wvTRywVpVZ— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) March 3, 2022
"Means we're playing well," Udoka said when asked about the award in his pregame presser Thursday night. "Bottom line. I mean those individual awards are really a reflection of the team and what they're doing. And, as I've said all year, our group is great and lets us push them, coach them hard. And that's where the results are showing for that. And so more than anything, means we're heading in the right direction."Those accolades come but, for me personally, it’s a reflection of those guys. I don't care about the personal but I care how we're playing, what direction we're going."
"It means you're reaching them," Udoka said. "I've talked about it quite a bit, that the guys asked for that and then they've allowed us to coach them, which is not always the case. A lot of people will say one thing and when you're on them relentlessly, over and over about some of the things that you want to change or improve on, they'll either go south or not be receptive to them. Our guys have responded, as I mentioned, quite a bit."
"They're allowing us to push them," Udoka said of the roster. "We're in a good spot and just want to continue to grow from there. So the bottom line is they have to let you coach them and that's what it comes down to. Our group has been great as far as that."
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