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Former Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka apologized but defended his character in his first interview as Houston Rockets head coach.

He addressed how he felt about the Celtics suspending and firing him, work he did on himself and with his son over the offseason while Houston owner Tilman Fertitta and GM Rafael Stone defended their vetting process, talking to players and coaches, and stressing forgiveness: