“Dallas, Orlando, then Sacramento, back to Orlando,” Ollie said, pausing here and there as he recalled each stop. “New Jersey — no, no, no, no. Think it may have been New Jersey. No, it was Philly. Philly, then New Jersey. Got let go, back to Philly. After Philly was, um, Chicago. Chicago, got traded to Indiana. Milwaukee, got traded to Seattle. Signed a five-year deal in Cleveland. Umm. Traded to Philly. Played the four years there, went to Minnesota, then came here.” (Kevin Ollie to New York Times, 4/15/10)
If you missed it (and I did), the New York Times did a story last week on my favorite UConn basketball player of all time. Kevin Ollie.
Kevin has traversed the country playing for 11 NBA teams in 13 seasons. He has lasted this long, not for his talent on the court, but for his smarts off the court. The Cavaliers hired him to mentor LeBron. That’s the kind of talent got him his current job in Oklahoma City.
And when the Thunder’s season rolls to an end, Kevin Ollie will do what he does every spring. Come home to Connecticut. To his wife and kids.
UConn has produced better players, but not a better person.