Lorenzo Romar Rumors
On the Trail Blazers’ bench? “Maybe one day,” he said. “My knowledge of the game and understanding of chemistry, I think that stuff, I can offer. These young kids today are good, but they lack those things.” Roy has been talking to Lorenzo Romar, his former college coach at the University of Washington, asking him what it feels like to get a win as a coach oppose to playing? Roy says Romar’s response was ‘you won’t know until you give it a try.’
“Lately I’ve just been passing it on to (coach Lorenzo Romar) or passing it on to my dad and been focusing on the team right now,” he said. “Later down the road, when it gets closer to that time, I’ll start talking to Romar and talking to my dad about exactly what’s going on. “I’m kind of blind to it right now. I get calls, but I say talk to my dad or talk to Romar.”
While Romar didn’t want to comment on specific NBA jobs, he did say it’s highly unlikely that he’d ever leave the college ranks for the pros. C’mon, Lorenzo. Cut the B.S. Then I listened to his story. Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft after playing two seasons at the University of Washington. He went onto play 291 games in the league and score 1,731 points over a five-year span with three different NBA teams. His NBA career came to a close when he was in his mid 20’s and he decided to join Athletes in Action, where he and his wife — for the next seven years — were in the athletics division of the Campus Crusade for Christ, a non-denominational ministry.
Now, a half-hour into the conversation, I finally understand why he didn’t jump at the opportunity — like many of his colleagues would have — to coach in the NBA. Despite having the resume and the personality that would make him a rare fit for the league, Romar doesn’t have any interest. Largely due to his beliefs and values, Romar isn’t one of those guys who yearns for the fame or the money. The notion of coaching at the highest level isn’t what ultimately drives him. “I want to impact lives,” he said. “Change lives.”
So far, though, it’s been bad NBA jobs that have come knocking. Minnesota, Sacramento, etc. What about if his hometown Los Angeles Lakers had come calling? “I wouldn’t do it.” Romar said. “At least not today.”
Basketball coach Lorenzo Romar described Washington as his dream job Wednesday night and reaffirmed his commitment to the Huskies while addressing a rumor linking him to the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves. “No. 1, I went to school and played here,” said Romar, a UW guard from 1978-1980. “I’ve been pulling for this university and the athletics here and the basketball program for over 30 years. I’m invested in this program. I’ve always been a fan of the Pac-8, the Pac-10 and now what will be the Pac-12. “I love Seattle. My wife loves Seattle, and it’s a place that when we first got here — even though some were very skeptical — I thought it was a place where we could be successful.”
Romar said he felt uneasy discussing a Yahoo! Sports report that the Wolves will fire coach Kurt Rambis. The story listed Romar and former Sonics coach Bernie Bickerstaff as potential replacements. “It’s awkward, maybe, more than flattering,” Romar said. “For one, there is a current coach there. So that makes it awkward.”