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Report: Kevin Ollie to meet with Lakers

May 6, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

Connecticut Huskies Coaches Geno Auriemma And Kevin Ollie Ring The NYSE Closing Bell Getty Images

Kevin Ollie’s one-foot-in, on-foot-out approach with the Lakers has him moving one step closer to Los Angeles.

Ollie is reportedly both interested in the Lakers’ coaching vacancy and negotiating a contract extension with Connecticut. There’s nothing wrong with playing both sides, ensuring he’ll get the best deal wherever he ends up, but eventually Ollie must decide where he’ll coach next season.

The Lakers too must eventually narrow their wide coaching search.

So how do Ollie and the Lakers start to do that? Talking.

Bill Reiter of Fox Sports:

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Ollie wasn’t on Kobe Bryant’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s list, but the UConn coach would fit well with the Lakers.

As well as Ollie projects to translate to the NBA, there would still likely be a decent learning curve. It’s difficult to the Lakers competing next season, but if they’re committed to attempting to get Kobe one more title, they should shoot for 2015-16. Ollie could learn on the job next season and prepare to coach at a higher level in two years.

And then if all goes well, Kobe could ride off into the sunset, and the Lakers would have a quality, seasoned coach going forward.

  1. unxpexted1 - May 6, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    At first I didn’t like the thought, But the more I think about it I like it. I think he’s old enough and respected enough around the league to get the desired respect from veteran players i.e. Kobe. And young enough to bring in the new guard of lakers as hopefully we start to rebuild by going a little bit younger. I think he can be a solid fit, and seems to have the right temperment for the job.

    • sportsfan18 - May 6, 2014 at 4:17 PM


      And that’s why the Lakers won’t hire him…

  2. adoombray - May 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Who knew Ollie was a football guy? He must have learned how to leverage money out of people with the threat of Los Angeles from the NFL.

  3. phillyguyindc - May 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    I wouldn’t blame him for making a jump to the NBA whil he’s a hot commodity, he can always go back and coach in college. (Maybe not UCONN, but someplace)

    I just don’t think the LA job is the best job that is going to be available this offseason, only because I don’t see them as contending for a few years. He should wait until the playoffs are over and maybe Golden State, OKC or Indiana may open up.

    But if he is trying to pry more money from UCONN, then this is only job currently available that could do that.

    • asimonetti88 - May 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Those are all pretty tough, high pressure/expectations jobs. The Lakers allow an opportunity to grow into the job.

      • phillyguyindc - May 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        I agree, but how long will he last in the L.A. Market if he has back to back losing seasons? There isn’t much of a roster to write home about either. A 37 year old Kobe, who while I admire him for his heart and will to win, hasn’t played in two years? In the other places at least the rosters already have pieces.

  4. kb2408 - May 6, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Ollie…Ollie…Ollie!!! And in 2016…KD, KD, KD!!!

    • billtetley53 - May 6, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      With any luck, youll be DOA for 2015. Durant is not going to LA. Why do you keep making predictions? Youre wrong 98% of the time. God, for a middle aged man, you have the mindset of a 12 year old. You have the basketball iq of a pair of Chuck Taylors- quit posting moron,your ignorancevis showing STILL!

      • kb2408 - May 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        “I” have the mindset of a 12 yr old?! Well, isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black. Sticks and stones, billbitely53.

  5. sire2334 - May 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    I love Ollie but I certainly hope they dont do him like the Knicks did Pitino. LA will be expecting a lot whether they say it or not.

    • R. Edmond - May 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      LA fans and media know basketball. We understand there’d be a learning curve necessary.

      If we get a good draft, then if nothing else we’ll get a good show with Kobe and whoever we draft. I’ll definitely have to go to a few games next season.

      • sire2334 - May 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        I was actually referring to the front office.

      • sportsfan18 - May 6, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        Kobe doesn’t… Kobe was quoted as saying the organization was not going to go down, wasn’t going to nosedive.

        Well, over the past two seasons, the Lakers are 18 BELOW .500.

        I don’t see the Lakers being 18 games OVER .500 this coming season and that means that for a THREE year stretch, the Lakers WILL be BELOW .500

        Kobe, KEEP saying the organization won’t take a nosedive… all the while you and the organization are in the MIDDLE of a nosedive and you’re going to be in it next season too…

        Oh, the Lakers hired Mike Brown and then they hired Mike D’Antoni… and all of a sudden they are going to hit a homerun on this coaching hire?

        Why didn’t they get their last coaching hire right?

        Why didn’t they get their 2nd to last coaching hire right?

  6. jimsjam33 - May 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Publicity story for the Lakers . Nothing else.

    • florida727 - May 6, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      They really can’t stand it when the Clippers get more ink than they do, can they?

  7. csbanter - May 6, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    If Steve Kerr can coach the Knicks with no other coaching experience, surely Ollie coming off winning an NCAA men’s title can coach a little, don’t you think. Good move for LA.

    • sportsfan18 - May 6, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Kerr can coach the Knicks because Phil Jackson is the President of Basketball Operations there…

      AND Steve Kerr played for Phil Jackson when he coached the Bulls…

      Steve Kerr won some rings while playing for Phil.

      Kerr has played IN the system Phil wants the Knicks to play…

      Phil won’t travel with the team but he will be there during the preseason to help implement the system during practices…

      Phil knows Kerr, is comfortable with him and the learning curve will be smaller for Kerr with respect to implementing the system Phil wants the team to run.

  8. lalifer - May 6, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Am not sure how anyone can say who would be a good fit with the Lakers. Isn’t the Lakers right now, 4 guys tops? Kobe, Nash, Nick and Sacre? Anyone would be a good fit as whoever comes in, the team picked, will be guys that would fit the coach’s style of play.

  9. imakcds - May 7, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    I love all the Laker Haters that let their hate control their thoughts, rather than show some real basketball knowledge and insight.
    Must be so sad to live a life so obsessed with negativity.

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