Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie waves to fans after cutting down the net following the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament against the Kentucky Wildcats at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Ollie Denies Interest In Laker Coaching Position But…


Laker fans in the know, may have had Kevin Ollie on their Laker head coaching list. However, he denies any interest in the position.

 

 

Still, the rumor started on Twitter when Bill Reiter released this statement:

 

 

Things became even more interesting when Donny Marshall said there were 3-to-5 NBA teams interested in Kevin Ollie, but didn’t say exactly which teams they were on FoxSportsWest.

 

 

He is a strong head coaching candidate because of his recent NCAA Championship stint with the UConn Huskies.  Being a head coach at UConn is where his heart is, but like an NBA free agent, he may explore options that he may not have considered to be possible.  He is well known around the NBA and a respected veteran by players that have played beside him.

 

Ollie made an impression on Durant and the rest of the team. “He changed the whole culture, I think. He might not say it, but I think he changed the whole culture in Oklahoma City.” - CBS Philly

 

Head coaches are leaders for the team, but great head coaches lead on a culture of winning.  Pat Riley did so with his hard practices and hard-nosed defenses.  That has translated to playoff and championship success with the Lakers, Knicks, and Miami Heat.  Phil Jackson did the same for the Chicago Bulls and the Lakers, and is trying to follow Pat Riley’s route as President of the New York Knicks.

Perhaps, Kevin Ollie can do the same for the Lakers.  Let’s hope he pursues the journey.

 

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  • J Taylor

    Smoke screen.
    The guy is a leader and motivator and will never publicly speak anything that casts a negative shadow.
    Also, note that the Tweet said, “I only have one meeting….”. If the Lakers haven’t scheduled a meeting and are still conducting the “test the waters stage” of the interview process, he’s not lying.

    I expect a very discreet interview to be conducted. And one where he will probably be unable to turn down the offer (if presented). – Being coach of the Lakers, Kobe Bryant, and a contract worth 4 Years & $20M is too much money to turn down. He’d be financially set for life, and be able to coach in both NBA or College after his Lakers tenure is done.