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Kevin Ollie
Kevin Ollie
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Born: 12/27/72
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
As Ollie, 42, prepares for his fourth season as the Huskies’ head coach, two of his peers in college basketball have embarked on the road some have predicted for him — coaching in the NBA. Billy Donovan left Florida to take over the Oklahoma City Thunder, a job for which Ollie was mentioned as a candidate as he reaffirmed his intention to stay in Storrs. And Fred Hoiberg left Iowa State to coach the Chicago Bulls. “They’re going to be wonderful [NBA] coaches,” Ollie said as fans approached for pictures under a large tree. “They’ve come into two great situations, great organizations. I know the Oklahoma City Thunder organization very well and I know the Chicago Bulls organization very well because I played for both of them. They’ve got great ties, great backing and they’re outstanding coaches. They’re going to relate to their players on a different level, bring something great, bring some energy.”
Ollie, who played 13 years in the NBA before returning to his alma mater as assistant coach in 2010 and replacing Jim Calhoun in 2012, has four years remaining on the five-year, $16 million contract he signed after leading the Huskies to the national championship in 2014 — an NCAA run in which he eliminated both Hoiberg’s Cyclones and Donovan’s Gators. There were several NBA openings a year ago, but Ollie declined a chance to talk to the Cavaliers and signed a new deal with UConn. Having finished his playing career with the Thunder as a veteran mentor to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Ollie was thought to be a prime candidate for that job, but there were never formal talks. Ollie’s contract called for a $5 million buyout fee if he had left for an NBA job this spring; that figure decreases as the contract goes on.
The Oklahoma City head coaching job was believed to be between Florida’s Billy Donovan and UConn’s Kevin Ollie. Not so, per a source. The Thunder never approached Ollie about the job. Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti has enormous respect for Ollie, who was a member of the Thunder front office before taking a job with the Huskies, but the team was locked in on Donovan from the start.
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What do you make of Ollie’s statements that he’s not interested in leaving UConn and conflicting reports that say he is indeed listening to the Thunder about its current vacancy? Well, of course, Kevin is known as a man of his word. This is probably the major reason the Thunder folks think so highly of him, because he is trustworthy and has such integrity. If this were another coach, I’d say, ‘yeah, sure …’ But Kevin has always been true to his word and I think how he is perceived in this area matters greatly to him. So I think he means what he says and says what he means. Of course, there has been back-channel contact and he’s communicated his feelings.
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Kevin Ollie, who led the UConn Huskies to their fourth NCAA championship in 2014, is being “seriously considered” for the Oklahoma City head coaching job, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv. Ollie teamed with Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and remains close with GM Sam Presti. Ollie is considered to be one of the keys to convincing Durant to remain in Oklahoma City after he enters free agency in 2016, the source said.
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The New York Knicks, by signing Louis Amundson to a 10-day contract Saturday, have just expanded the NBA’s all-time 10-team club to an even dozen. Amundson was promptly waived by the Knicks earlier this week after they acquired him from Cleveland as part of the three-team swap with Memphis and Oklahoma City headlined by J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Dion Waiters. But by resigning him, New York has given Amundson the opportunity to join the following exclusive list Below are the only 12 players in league history to have played for at least 10 different teams: 12 teams: Chucky Brown, Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith. 11 teams: Mike James and Kevin Ollie. 10 teams: Lou Amundson, Earl Boykins, Mark Bryant, Drew Gooden, Damon Jones and Aaron Williams.