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Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
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.
Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie had negotiated too enormous of a buyout into his contract – $5 million – and that was a non-starter for the Thunder. Ollie had a unique history and connection with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, but Donovan has a longer, sturdier coaching pedigree.
Sources say that Durant, with signs increasingly pointing to Donovan as the Thunder’s inevitable top choice from the moment Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie withdrew from consideration last week, has been sending optimistic signals about playing for Donovan — despite his lack of NBA experience — after doing his own research on the Florida coach.
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.
UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie has told those close to him on campus that he is staying at the school despite the current vacancy with the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources told ESPN’s Andy Katz on Thursday.
UConn coach Kevin Ollie has removed himself from consideration for the Oklahoma City Thunder coaching job, multiple sources told SNY.tv on Thursday. “He is calling [Thunder GM] Sam Presti and pulling his name out due to very personal reasons,” one source said. “[Oklahoma City] made it clear that they really did want him but there were a variety of reasons as to why he decided not to do it,” a second source said.
Randy Renner: CBS Sports reporting Kevin Ollie has removed himself from consideration for #Thunder job. Looks like Billy Donovan could be the guy
Jon Rothstein: UConn’s Kevin Ollie has removed himself from consideration for the OKC head coaching position, sources told @CBSSports. Story coming.
Could Ollie change that culture again by balancing the Durant/Westbrook situation one more time? “Whose team is it?” the source asked. “Who gets the ball at the end of the game and how do you keep both guys happy? This isn’t Lebron and D-Wade. Neither Russ nor KD are willing to be Robin. Both of these guys are coming out dressed as Batman. If they can’t get a coach KD feels can properly manage this dynamic, he is out.”
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, although no one can know for certain what Durant’s plans are, the source said.
Though Ollie has a $5 million buyout, the source said the buyout is “nothing” if the Thunder are committed to landing him. The source said Ollie is “torn because he loves Connecticut, it’s his alma mater, he believes in his ability and he thinks that UConn can be a top program.”
Still, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv Tuesday night that Oklahoma City “believes in Ollie” and “he’s their No. 1 target. There is no formal offer on the table, but he’s first in line,” the source said. “Oklahoma City is fully committed to trying to get him to commit.”
Thanks but no thanks was the message Connecticut men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie essentially delivered Wednesday when he issued a statement regarding the rumors he is an NBA coaching candidate. “As I have said many times, I am proud and honored to be the head basketball coach at the University of Connecticut and I have no plans to pursue other opportunities,” Ollie said, per NBC Sports. “We are already excited about next season and I am looking forward to preparing our team to be the best we can be on the court, in the classroom and in our community.”
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.
Steve Kyler: No chance Ollie leaves UCONN to take an NBA assistant role – that ship has sailed. twitter.com/jamiedonwheat/…
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.
Adam Zagoria: UConn coach Kevin Ollie is being “seriously considered” for the OKC coaching job, source close to the situation tells @SNYtv
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.
“It’s just about taking care of your teammates, and I learned that early on playing with (Philadelphia 76ers teammates) like Kevin Ollie, playing with guys like Aaron McKie. And then Andre Miller, he was perfect for me. He was a big reason why I got the (six-year, $80 million) deal that I got and why I played at the level I played with when I was in Philly.”