Geno Auriemma Rumors
Auriemma has unquestionably asserted his team’s dominance over the sport. NBA executives have taken notice, and sources tell Sporting News that the feeling is mutual. “Geno’s a great coach, he knows players and he knows Xs and Os,” one source with knowledge of Auriemma’s thinking said. “I think he’d like to try the NBA eventually, either head coaching or part of a staff at first. Not tomorrow, but I think it is a matter of when and not if. Coaching is coaching, and the guy can coach.”
Then there was UConn coach Geno Auriemma who said Cuban shouldn’t waste his draft pick on June 27. “I think it would be a sham,” Auriemma said Wednesday. “The fact that a woman could actually play right now in the NBA and compete successfully against the level of play that they have is absolutely ludicrous.” “If Brittney Griner tries to make it to an NBA team, I think it would be a public relations thing,” Auriemma said on a Final Four teleconference with reporters. Cuban is a financial genius, Auriemma said, but “his genius would take a huge hit if he drafted Brittney Griner.”
Cuban reiterated his interest in Griner on Wednesday. “We evaluate every draft eligible player on the planet,” Cuban told USA TODAY Sports in an email when asked to respond to Auriemma’s comments. “The chance of any college graduate selected at the end of the draft making a roster is very, very small. We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t consider everyone. “As I told the media (Tuesday), she would have to excel in workouts to get drafted. I have no problem giving her that opportunity. I hope she gives it a shot. “Nothing harms an organization or company more than a closed mind.”
A woman who works as an NBA security official has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit saying she was removed from an assignment to the 2012 Summer Games in London after she spurned an advance from Connecticut and women’s national coach Geno Auriemma.
Kelley Hardwick filed her suit Monday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, naming Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball as defendants. Auriemma called her account “beyond false” and said he would defend himself “to the fullest.”
A female security official for the National Basketball Association said in a lawsuit on Monday that Geno Auriemma, the coach of the United States Olympic women’s basketball team, followed, grabbed and tried to forcibly kiss her at a hotel during a basketball tournament in Russia in 2009.