Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie cuts down the net after beating the Kentucky Wildcats in the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Could Kevin Ollie land Lakers Kevin Durant?


Fresh off of a national championship with the Connecticut Huskies, UCONN head coach and former NBA player Kevin Ollie is being linked to the Los Angeles Lakers head coaching vacancy.

The obvious link for the Lakers and Ollie is his time as a star Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, but what else could he bring to Los Angeles?

Ollie is a natural leader and a man who is well-respected for his ability to communicate with players. He would demand the respect from his players that Mike D’Antoni seemed unable to receive. In that aspect, Ollie is a perfect fit.

But what else could Ollie bring to the Lakers? Kevin Durant.

Yes, that’s right.

Ollie has an incredible relationship with Durant and there have been rumblings that he could be a potential free agent target for the Lakers down the line. If Durant was to be leading the show, they could become the favorite to land Durant if and when he bolts Oklahoma City.

Do you think Ollie would be a good fit in Los Angeles? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts.

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  • DrMayhemInc

    Honestly, I don’t think Kevin Ollie is a good enough coach to make that jump. Some coaches can be successful in both leagues(i.e. Larry Brown), but most coaches that go from success in college to success in the NBA don’t end up being very successful(see Rick Pitino, John Calipari, or Brad Stevens for a few examples). Back to my original point about Kevin Ollie though, just because he won a national championship doesn’t necessarily mean he will be successful in the NBA, particularly given the crazy season/NCAA tournament. Keep in mind, UConn was an 8 seed. The only people who gave them a chance were the few diehard fans that were blinded by brand loyalty. Now to KD. Anywhere that he goes he’s going to be a beast. If he has less than 3 championship rings when he retires I will be nothing less than shocked. I think if he goes to the Lakers and they have a coach that can even remotely pull them together(because I feel like they have the talent(eh, if they get KD I mean)), then they will be consistent winners. I just don’t think Kevin Ollie is the man to pull them together like that.