Kevin Ollie is the hottest name in coaching.
Fresh off leading UConn to the NCAA title, Ollie will have options if he wants to leave Storrs. I would be shocked if, probably as soon as this offseason, those options don’t include NBA teams.
Ollie’s rise has been remarkable, and he deserves all the credit for what he’s accomplished in such a short time. But what if things had gone just a little differently? Where would Ollie be now?
He finished his NBA career in 2009-10 and then become an assistant coach at Connecticut in 2010-11, serving two years in that role before succeeding Jim Calhoun as head coach. Between his two seasons as assistant an NBA suitor came calling – looking for Ollie to play.
Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:
The Raptors waived Carter, and I haven’t heard any Raptors talk about him the way Kevin Durant fawns over Ollie.
Yet, the Raptors are on their way to their best record ever. And Ollie is doing pretty well for himself, too.
Maybe Toronto would be even further along if it had Ollie’s influence for a season, but both sides seem to have come out OK.
Hassan Whiteside recorded a triple-double last night against the Hornets, and his tenth block was particularly impressive. He didn’t so much block Marvin Williams‘ layup attempt as pluck it out of the air with one hand. It almost looks like it should count as a block, rebound and steal at the same time.
The NBA world has taken notice of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In Thursday night’s home game against the Knicks on TNT, Pistons players wore warmup shirts that read “FLINT NOW,” and the organization announced a $500,000 donation towards providing clean water for residents of the town.
Former Pistons great and general basketball legend Rasheed Wallace went even further, according to a tweet from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina:
Sheed obviously has a connection to Michigan, having played in Detroit for six years (including on the 2004 title team) and serving as an assistant coach for the Pistons during the 2013-14 season. This was an incredible gesture by him for the residents of a town that has been without drinkable water for a long time.
The Kings are a complete mess right now. After a loss to the Nets on Friday night, the team is reportedly considering firing head coach George Karl, who has been with the team for just about one year, and DeMarcus Cousins says they have “a bigger issue than the players.”
But, on the bright side, Cousins is still a monster on the court. During the Nets loss, he posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, showing why he’s the one thing about this franchise that is going to be worth talking about long-term.
Russell Westbrook has been wearing the new Air Jordan XXX on the court for nearly a month now. Considering he’s averaging a triple-double in his last 10 games — 22 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds — I’d say he’s pretty comfortable in them.
Continuing a trend of using the respected Jordan brand name with modern players to sell the shoes, this latest ad for the Air Jordan XXX shoes features a young hypeman who describes Westbrook as “the new Big Bang,” and asks people to “make room – as the man is about to take off.”
The Air Jordan XXX hit retail stores on Feb. 12. Westbrook will be wearing them next weekend in Toronto for the All-Star Game.