Larry Krystkowiak Rumors

Assistant coach Larry Krystkowiak will be named the head coach at the University of Utah today, receiving a five-year deal, averaging pout to $950,000 per. “I’m excited for Larry. Well deserved,” Johnson said. “We’re going to be losing a man of strong character, solid family. Really good basketball coach. Did a lot of nice things for us this year behind the scenes. So really enjoyed working with him. We think this is a great opportunity for him. “He talked about getting back to college and we think it’s really good timing for him.”
The Utah Utes could be turning to the pro ranks to fill the men’s basketball coaching vacancy for the second time in a row. According to, the NBA’s New Jersey Nets have given Utah permission to talk to assistant Larry Krystkowiak as Utah athletic director Chris Hill continues his search for a replacement for Jim Boylen. Nets coach Avery Johnson confirmed to reporters that permission was granted and praised Krystkowiak. “He’s done a great job for us this year,” Johnson told “If something were ever to happen for Larry, we’d hate to lose him. And I’ll leave it right there.”
Former NBA head coaches Sam Mitchell and Larry Krystkowiak have been named assistants for Avery Johnson with the New Jersey Nets. John Loyer, Popeye Jones and Tom Barrise were also named to Johnson’s staff. “Avery has assembled a staff that brings a wealth of NBA experience to the sidelines,” said new Nets general manager Billy King. “Their collective knowledge of the game, gained from both playing and coaching in the league, will be an invaluable asset to the head coach as well as our players.”
Larry Krystkowiak is one of the finalists for the remaining assistant coaching position, and he’ll be in town in the next few days to talk to Avery about it. You remember him as the Big Sky bruiser on a half-dozen teams who didn’t have much a chance in his only coaching gig, a one-year trial in Milwaukee in 07-08 (26-56) after he replaced Terry Stotts as an interim guy the year before.