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Raptors tried to sidetrack Kevin Ollie’s coaching career

Apr 10, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT

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Kevin Ollie is the hottest name in coaching.

Fresh off leading UConn to the NCAA title, Ollie will have options if he wants to leave Storrs. I would be shocked if, probably as soon as this offseason, those options don’t include NBA teams.

Ollie’s rise has been remarkable, and he deserves all the credit for what he’s accomplished in such a short time. But what if things had gone just a little differently? Where would Ollie be now?

He finished his NBA career in 2009-10 and then become an assistant coach at Connecticut in 2010-11, serving two years in that role before succeeding Jim Calhoun as head coach. Between his two seasons as assistant an NBA suitor came calling – looking for Ollie to play.

Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:

The Raptors waived Carter, and I haven’t heard any Raptors talk about him the way Kevin Durant fawns over Ollie.

Yet, the Raptors are on their way to their best record ever. And Ollie is doing pretty well for himself, too.

Maybe Toronto would be even further along if it had Ollie’s influence for a season, but both sides seem to have come out OK.

  1. csmall96 - Apr 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    “3 years ago, the Raptors tried to sign Kevin Ollie but he graciously declined.”
    Such a pointless article.

  2. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Bring him back to MN!

  3. theblackrook - Apr 10, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    I’d like to see him in Milwaukee. He’s got a top 5 draft coming up a team that is young and in need of a culture change and would pretty much get the freedom to do it his way because the teams at the bottom and there’s no where else for them to go but up.

  4. sportsnut101 - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Why leave uconn u will make money their n lots of it

    Less games. More time with ur family
    Why cant he sign with team in nba now n be on roster
    Pittman just signed with rockets n he can play on roster

  5. genericcommenter - Apr 10, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    But some dude in the comments here said the NBA never gave him any chances as a player.

  6. crnvic847 - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Sounds like Sportsnut needs an English lesson. What are you trying to say with that incoherent sentence?

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