Kevin Ollie talks about the reason why he wanted to become a coach


Nets temporary head coach Kevin Ollie used to play in the NBA and see a lot of the world before he became a coach. The former UConn Huskie played in the NBA for 15 years and for 12 different teams, going all over the country.   

Ollie was a reliable player who contributed to the balancing of the game through his ball-handling and defensive abilities. He was a serviceable role player.  

When Ollie's playing days were over, he jumped right into coaching. He went back to his old school to become an assistant teacher. He was quickly promoted to head coach, a job he held for six years, until 2018.   

He worked with the Overtime Elite for a while, then became an assistant coach for the Nets in 2023. When Jacque Vaughn quit, he was promoted to temporary head coach.

I wished to be of assistance to others. I want to be of service to my players as well as the coaches that are supporting me. My goal is for them to be the most successful version of themselves.   

"People can call me a coach, but I'm more of a life coach than a basketball coach," Ollie declared in reference to the circumstances that led to his transition into the coaching profession.  

When Ollie was still playing in the NBA, he was well regarded due to the fact that he was a veteran who was eager to lend a helping hand.  

In addition to being trustworthy at all times, he assisted his teammates in adjusting to the league or the team. The fact that he possessed such a vital trait as a veteran made him an ideal candidate for any squad. 

Front office staff understood Coach KO affected his guys. In 2003/04, former Cleveland Cavaliers GM Jim Paxson hired Ollie because he thought the veteran guard would impact his teammates, especially rookie LeBron James.  

Now that Ollie is an NBA head coach, more opportunities exist. In Brooklyn, he can impress Nets GM Sean Marks and team governor Joe Tsai.  

In the meanwhile, Ollie will continue to fulfill his duties as the interim head coach of the Nets and will continue to steer the team toward a possible run in the Play-In Tournament.   

Despite the fact that it is a path that is littered with challenges, Ollie is prepared to take on the task in order to direct young people toward the path that leads to success.  

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