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Geno Auriemma Rumors

With Sue Bird’s intelligence and communications skills it’s easy to see why someone would want her on their staff, Geno Auriemma said. “She’s one of the smartest individuals I’ve ever come across so somebody really, really smart must’ve thought she would be a great addition,” Auriemma said. “I don’t think there’s any job in the market that if you said ‘We’re going to put Sue Bird in charge of part of that,’ that you would go wrong or you would ever regret doing it. She’s just incredibly bright and she has a great way with people. She knows the game, she knows people, she knows how to interact with adults, the front office, players, it doesn’t really matter.”
Auriemma and Bryant, Philly guys, met at the 2012 London Olympics. A friendship started with, no surprise, Auriemma busting chops, telling Kobe he once got the better of his father, Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, who played in the NBA and coached in the WNBA. “I told him, ‘When I was in high school I locked up your dad,’” Auriemma said. “I said, ‘Remember Rose Playground?’ He said, ‘Oh, yeah.’ I said, ‘Well, suddenly it was me and your dad. It was a switch and I guarded him one possession and he didn’t freaking score.’”
Kyrie Irving appeared on the premier episode of Geno Auriemma’s podcast this week. The UConn coach gave Kyrie another opportunity to talk about his Flat Earth thoughts which were supposedly just a joke to make you think. But also, he’s kind of serious because who knows really? Via Boston.com: “The whole intent behind it, Coach, it wasn’t to bash science,” he said. “It wasn’t to like have the intent of starting a rage and be seen as this insane individual. When I started seeing comments and things about universal truths that I had known, like I had questions.” “When I started actually doing research on my own and figuring out that there is no real picture of Earth, not one real picture of Earth — and we haven’t been back to the moon since 1961 or 1969 — it becomes like conspiracy, too.”
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.”
Storyline: Geno Auriemma to the NBA?