Robert Horry says Ime Udoka’s infidelity scandal is not like Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss’ relationship

Ime Udoka is suspended for the 2022-23 season for an affair with a Boston Celtics employee.

Not many know exactly what happened, but some believe it’s worse than the public knows.

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Robert Horry of the Los Angeles Lakers looks at the ball against the Rockets March 26, 2003 at the Compaq Center in Houston, Texas.
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However, this isn’t the first time a high-profile head coach has partnered with a member of the team — Phil Jackson was engaged to Jeanie Buss for several years.

Jackson was never penalized for being in a relationship with the daughter of the Lakers’ then-owner while he was her head coach. However, a former Lakers champion says the two situations are not comparable.

Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss attend a New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center March 12, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss attend a New York Knicks vs. Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center March 12, 2015 in Los Angeles.
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“I’ve had so many people come up to me and say, ‘Well, why wasn’t Phil kicked off the team when he was with Jeanie Buss?’ I say ‘Because he dated Jeanie Buss,'” the seven-time champion said on his Big Shot Bob podcast. “That might not be against their team policy. I’m pretty sure if Ime had been a Laker and did had what he did, it would still be against team policy… But meeting someone and disclosing it isn’t against team policy.”

Horry noted that Buss and Jackson were both completely transparent when their relationship began.

Jackson and Buss met in 1999 and began dating shortly thereafter. They got engaged in 2013 but called it quits four years later. Jackson served as the Lakers’ head coach from 1999 to 2004 and again from 2005 to 2011.

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka during the NBA Finals on June 8, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston.

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka during the NBA Finals on June 8, 2022 at TD Garden in Boston.
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Udoka has been in a relationship with actress Nia Long since 2010 – rumors circulated that the head coach was involved in an affair with a staff member who managed travel logistics for the team and made “unwelcome comments” towards a woman he was dating had affair.

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