Kevin Ollie has instantly become one of the hottest coaching commodities in basketball after winning the 2014 National Championship in his second season at Connecticut.
NBA teams will certainly pursue Ollie given his excellent reputation over a long career as a player.
“It’s just a matter of time,” said one NBA general manager. “The league will come calling. He’s a great communicator and has a calm demeanor. This win alone, however, doesn't just tilt the scale. It breaks it.”
“He would be excellent,” another GM said following Monday night’s victory. “He’s a stud. He understands the NBA, he’s a leader, has faced adversity and fought through it.”
One NBA executive said that whichever teams pursue Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent will want to hire Ollie.
Durant has spoke often about how much he respected Ollie as a teammate.