“UConn-made” Kevin Ollie not looking for NBA job


kevin-ollie-uconnUConn coach Kevin Ollie is listening to job offers, but isn’t looking to leave Connecticut, SportsIllustrated reported.

The 41-year-old coach, who spent 13 years as an NBA journeyman before returning to his alma mater, has been linked to several NBA job openings, including with the Los Angeles Lakers.

He hasn’t been soliciting job offers after leading UConn to the NCAA title in April, he said.

”I love this university,” Ollie said at the New York Athletic Club. ”I am not looking for another job. Of course, you listen to different things. I got two ears, I’m going to listen, but I’m not running out there soliciting any other job. I want to be here at the University of Connecticut.”

Ollie was at the club on Wednesday with UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma to pick up Winged Foot Awards for winning national titles.

He said he’s hoping to work out a new contract with athletic director Warde Manuel.

His current deal, worth just under $7 million, runs through the end of the 2017-18 season. He made just over $1.6 million, with bonuses for the NCAA tournament run, last season.

”We are talking and hopefully we can get together once all this quiets down,” he said. ”Have a nice talk and hopefully get everything situated.”

Ollie was asked what he tells recruits about his future.

”I’m going to be the UConn coach, nothing’s changed,” he said.

“People have called and asked if I’m interested, and like I always say, ‘I’m here with UConn right now and trying to work things out with our great university,’ ” Ollie said via the Hartford Courant.

“I’m UConn-made and I want to be here for a long time. But those guys are persistent and they keep calling no matter what I say, that’s just part of the success you’ve had, the success the university has had,” he had said.

“It’s a great honor to have options. It’s a great honor, but at the end of the day I know where I want to be at and I know where my heart is.”

After Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni announced his resignation, there were various rumors on who will become the team’s next head coach. UConn’s Kevin Ollie, a former NBA player himself was mentioned as well.

Ollie, a former NBA player himself led the Huskies to a surprise 2014 NCAA Tournament win, has dismissed rumors of him talking to NBA representatives for coaching possibility.

Journeyman Ollie played 13 seasons in the NBA, for Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavs, Philadelphia Sixers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder.

He played in 662 NBA games (100 started), averaging 3.8 ppg and 2.3 apg.


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