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Lakers Rumors: Team Has Yet To Contact Kevin Ollie About Coaching Job

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With the Detroit Pistons announcing their hiring of Stan Van Gundy as coach and team president, the list for potential candidates for the Lakers job opening are seemingly getting smaller.

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One popular name linked to become the new head coach for the Lakers has been UConn coach, Kevin Ollie. However, the Lakers have yet to contact Ollie regarding the position, according to Shams Charania of RealGM:

Despite the Los Angeles Lakers’ pursuit to fill their vacancy with a splashy and substantial figure, the franchise has yet to formally reach out to Ollie, a source told RealGM.

While the Lakers haven’t made an offer to Ollie, other NBA teams have via Charania:

Ollie heard inquiries from NBA teams in recent days, UConn’s plans to extend the freshly minted national championship coach have moved along, too.

Ollie remains one of the hottest candidates across the league after he lead the UConn Huskies to a NCAA national championship in just his second year on the job. In addition, Ollie is well respected within NBA circles and has a strong relationship with both LeBron James and Kevin Durant as a result of playing in both Cleveland and Oklahoma City.

As other teams are moving aggressively towards trying to lock down Ollie, the Lakers remain in no rush to land Ollie or any other candidate. With the draft lottery set to take place May 20, the Lakers will have a better idea of how to rebuild and what direction the team would like to take. It is possible the team could be waiting until then before increasing their search efforts.

Rumors and speculation concerning the Lakers will continue to go around as the off-season progresses. Whether or not the Lakers will decide to pursue Ollie remains to be seen.
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  • Jim213

    Likely b/c no one has been contacted yet.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Lakers don’t need to contact anyone this is a job only a cowboy can handle as the job is the most important job in the NBA since it’s the Lakers head coaching job.The Lakers are a very prestigious franchise with a very rich history and the owner Jim Buss has failed twice on his coaching hires and he needs to thoroughly background check all the coaches and also inspect all aspects of the coaches style and coaching history and everything needs to be taken into account when considering the new coach this is a must.Jim Buss must get it right this time or else risk losing his position within the Lakers organization.I am betting on Jim Buss getting it correct this time around,i say book it Jim Buss will find a winner this time.

  • Kobe Will Get 6

    Please…

    Head Coach: Kevin Ollie or Tom Thibodeau or Byron Scott
    Assistant: Derek Fisher

  • J Taylor

    Do they need to make a phone call?
    The media has let him know that he’s a candidate.
    And some, (Carlisle and Mike K), have already politely refused.

  • Marcus

    Kevin Ollie Receives Inquiries From NBA Teams As UConn Extension Progresses

    May 14, 2014 2:05 PM EDT

    As negotiations on a contract extension progress with the University of Connecticut, Kevin Ollie has received formal contact from NBA teams to discuss head coaching vacancies, league sources told RealGM.

    Ollie heard inquiries from NBA teams in recent days, and UConn’s plans to extend the freshly minted national championship coach have moved along, too. Nevertheless, Ollie has engaged in firm discussions in the NBA – nearing the stage of interviewing with a team, sources told RealGM. With Ollie on a busy schedule, no interview is slated to take place during the Chicago predraft combine, sources said.

    Around the league, Ollie maintains a strong reputation from his playing days, a 13-year career in which he served as a leadership figure on teams and earned a place through a gritty, relentless approach. Ollie established relationships with the NBA’s current one-two superstars, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Despite the Los Angeles Lakers’ pursuit to fill their vacancy with a splashy and substantial figure, the franchise has yet to formally reach out to Ollie, a source told RealGM. Within the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been tabbed as highly aggressive in the chase to ace their next coaching hire.

    Ollie had proven himself on the highest level of professional basketball, and the 41-year-old led UConn to an improbable national title this season. For league executives, his collegiate success and league reputation made it inevitable for him to receive an opportunity to translate his coaching to the NBA.

    Throughout the NCAA offseason, Ollie has made clear that his loyalty lies with his alma mater UConn.

    Via Shams Charania/RealGM

  • Marcus

    I want Kevin Ollie to be our coach.

  • ra

    Part of the plan. Lakers will be silent, until after the Draft.

    KO is ‘meant’ for the Lakers. Any other team will be a step-down from UConn. The Lakers are the highest profile team, a ‘huge’ brand, and he would benefit from jumping to the Lakers as much as we would benefit. Also, if KO bails from UConn, and comes to the Lakers, everyone will say, ‘oh, that makes sense’. It would be entirely ‘forgivable’ by UConn if KO says, “I’m going to the Lakers”. They would say, “OK, we understand”. Now, if he went to the Milwaukee Bucks, they would say, “what are you doing? Don’t you like it here at UConn?”.

    And, Ollie would not go to a small market team. If he came to the Lakers, and even had issues here, he could ‘easily’ go back to wherever he wanted. No problem. No risk. He’s coming here – if the Lakers FO feel it is the right move.

  • Lakers4Life

    No thanks, we don’t need a college coach leading our Lakers team next year.

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    I’m impressed by how many articles LN has managed to publish about coaching candidates the Lakers have not contacted about the job. I wonder if they will write an article about the Lakers not contacting me…

  • Kenny

    Lakers are being super careful with this new head coaching hire.They got embarrassed twice by the last two head coaches Mike and Mike.This might drag out until free agency in July where the Lakers might allow LeBron James to pick the new head coach as a way of getting him to be comfortable signing with the Lakers.Mark my words you heard it here first LeBron to the Lakers and he will pick John Calipari or someone else he likes to be his head coach on the Lakers.

  • Johnny

    Rambis. Until Kobe goes away!

    • hookedonnews

      That’s probably not going to happen. Take a look at his record in Minnesota. I would be shocked if he was hired.

  • hookedonnews

    They haven’t contacted anyone yet according to Mitch Kupchak.

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