HoopsHype Kevin Ollie rumors

May 1, 2014 Updates

The Lakers are expected to reach out to Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie to gauge interest in their vacant head-coaching position, a pitch he plans to entertain with some uncertainty after guiding the Huskies to the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball championship. “He’ll listen, but he’s real committed to his alma mater,” said a person familiar with Ollie’s thinking. Los Angeles Daily News

To that end, sources say, Lakers officials intend to reach out to two of the biggest names in the college game -- UConn's Kevin Ollie and Kentucky's John Calipari -- to at least gauge their interest in the job. The Lakers' immediate aims, sources say, are to focus on the draft and free agency and "hold back (on the coaching front) until they get a better sense of the marketplace." ESPN.com

April 9, 2014 Updates

Ryan Wolstat: Random Kevin Ollie note: Am told Raptors tried to bring him in as veteran backup PG in Casey’s first year but Ollie happy moving to coaching. Raptors brought in Anthony Carter instead and, it didn’t really work out. Twitter @WolstatSun

April 8, 2014 Updates

The NBA is coming. Manuel knows it, Calhoun knows it, and the NBA community knows it. “Would I be surprised if he left?” Calhoun said. “I wouldn't be surprised at anything, but he’s comfortable with who he is. He’s 42 and has a bright future. He’s pretty terrific.” “It’s just a matter of time,” said one NBA general manager. “The league will come calling. He’s a great communicator and has a calm demeanor. This win alone, however, doesn't just tilt the scale. It breaks it.” ESPN.com

One NBA executive told me that whichever team (or teams) makes a run after Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent, “will throw the whole ATM after [Ollie].” That makes sense given the enormous amount of respect KD has for his former teammate in Oklahoma City. I remember Durant telling me a few years back, just after Calhoun convinced Ollie to join his staff as an assistant, that Ollie would be a star. Durant couldn’t stop gushing about Ollie’s character as a person, and his knowledge of the game. ESPN.com

April 5, 2014 Updates

With another guaranteed year on his contract, D'Antoni may very well coach the Lakers next season -- but the team may consider making a change this summer. The decision to exit D'Antoni is intrinsically tied to replacing him. There's no reason to cut him loose without the right hire in his stead. Ollie is the coach the Lakers should target to succeed D'Antoni. Los Angeles Times

September 13, 2012 Updates
August 16, 2011 Updates

Allen offered no insight into Calhoun's future plans, but he said his former coach is in a good position with a talented roster and a solid coaching staff. Allen is especially excited to see Kevin Ollie on the bench, possibly being groomed as the next head coach. "He's always been a leader, just a natural leader," Allen said. "To me, he's always shown me the signs of what hard work looks like and overachieving. He's always put the pressure on me to work harder than what my talent level was capable of giving up. He's always pushed me, and I know he's done that to his guys, those young guys." Hartford Courant

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