Raptors tried to sidetrack Kevin Ollie’s coaching career

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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.