The Los Angeles Lakers are in the middle of an in-depth head coaching search and aside from Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton popping up in nearly every rumor, UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie has become a hot target.
Ollie is thought to have had good relationships with young players and has has immediate success at UConn, winning a championship in his second season with the Huskies. Should Ollie move into an NBA head coaching role, the former journeyman guard wants more than to be just a head coach.
The Crenshaw native would want some type of involvement in player personnel, SNY.TV reported Wednesday.
“He’s got to be involved in player personnel decisions,” a source told SNY.TV. “Mitch Kupchak has to be willing to involve him in player personnel. He has to have a say-so in that.”
The Lakers aren’t especially willing to give up that much control. That’s partly why the Lakers let Tom Thibodeau go to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Ollie has also said it would take “something special” for him to leave UConn. The Lakers relinquishing some control could be that “special” thing Ollie was talking about Tuesday.