Kevin Ollie NBA Coach
With the UConn Huskies in contention for the NCAA finals after an excellent run already to the final 4. I was wondering whether their talented young coach Kevin Ollie might be on the radar of any NBA teams. Kevin played across a huge range of NBA teams and was very highly talked about by Kevin Durant during the year they spent together at the Thunder at the end of Ollie's career.
Kevin has a 5 year deal with UConn and replaced a legend in Coach Calhoun after spending 2 years as his assistant and having played under him in the early 90's. His coaching stock must be on the rise and I could well see a few NBA teams considering him as an option over the next year or two.
I could imagine UConn offering Kevin a much more lucrative contract going forward to try and tie him up long term. He currently earns $1.25 million a year but that when you consider that some college coaches make 4 times that, I could see Ollie being in line for a big rise.
A lot will depend on what Kevin Ollie wants to do long term, unlike a lot of college coaches who came up through the ranks, Kevin had a long NBA career as a play and earned good money there. Also he tasted the NBA for many years as a player, so would he want to return as a coach I wonder. Whatever happens Kevin is certainly a coach to watch in the coming years.
I'd rather he just stays at U-Conn. This run has been amazing and next years team is going to be loaded. Let him be the guy who can successfully takes the reigns from Calhoun. He makes 1.25 million a year like you said, so money isn't an issue. That's not including how much he'll make if he wins the title and a possible restructure.
He has kids now that want to be taught. In the NBA he would have to deal with egos of grown men that more than likely will get him fired. It's a players league not coaches. Ollie is fine where he is now at a prestigious program.
I think Ollie would be great fit for the Cavs. That idea was just tossed around today at our busted bracket party. Imagine what he could do with Kyrie and Waiters. He would relate well with these young players as he just came from the NBA. If Brad Stevens can get a gig surely Ollie can get a great look. He has made great adjustments and gotten his guys to play together.
He should stay at Uconn
Ollie being a former much travelled and respected NBA player would be well aware of how NBA players react and only 4 years removed from the NBA would be familiar with the majority of current players. So making the jump to the NBA would in theory be easier for him than someone like Brad Stevens who had never played professional basketball prior to his coaching career.
As I said above money should not be an issue for Ollie as UConn will surely give him an improved deal and $1.25 million aprox for 35 odd game college season is still a good salary.