Geno Auriemma Rumors

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 “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?
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.”