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Report: Kevin Ollie signs extension with Connecticut rather than further explore NBA options

May 19, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

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

Kevin Ollie is not going to the Lakers, Knicks or any other NBA team.

Fresh off coaching Connecticut to the national championship, the former professional player will remain with the Huskies.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

You can bet Ollie will remain a hot name in NBA coaching circles for a while – at least until the Huskies regress. Even then, it will take a little time for his star to stop shining.

Depending on the clauses of the contract, his name will continue to pop up for NBA openings. It’s even possible the language allows him to reconsider this offseason.

But much more likely than not, he signed this deal because he wants to defer any NBA aspirations at least a year.

  1. ds4300 - May 19, 2014 at 7:15 PM


  2. hojo20 - May 19, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    I hope he gives Napier a bonus check.

  3. ds4300 - May 19, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    I’m saying

  4. haaaaasoooooo - May 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Who would you you rather have, Ollie or Kerr?

  5. adoombray - May 19, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    It’s UConn. They just won both men’s and women’s championships. It recruits and coaches itself.

  6. smoothaswilkes - May 19, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    It seems like Ollie was using the hype to land 3 million per at UCONN. I don’t think he wanted to leave in the first place. While he was a hot name he didn’t even interview with any NBA team, let alone get an offer, unless I missed something.

  7. j0esixpack - May 19, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Yes it’s UConn (in friggen Storrs where there is nothing to do period)

    But as a new coach success is not a given – certainly not a championship

    But NOW recruiting should go easy – and he’ll have them in contention most years – and as such he needs to be in no rush to take the more rigorous NBA coaching job where you’re dealing with diva pros who know that the coach will get cut before they will

    Given the limited season and limited games, why not take the easier road as a top college coach for the same, if not more money, fewer headaches and improved quality of life?

    The only allure of the NBA is to prove you can win there – a job that great college coaches like Pitino, Callipari and other great college coaches could not do.

    If he’s ever going to take an NBA job he will want to make sure it’s the perfect situation.

  8. rodge1 - May 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Good choice. Maybe after Kobe retires he will consider LA.

    • asimonetti88 - May 20, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      Haters trying hard! Lakers would have to consider him first! Even says in this article the Lakers never inquired!

  9. sawick48 - May 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    only place hes going is okc. and that jobs off the table for at least another season

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