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Dan Hurley says he belongs at UConn after turning down ‘obviously tempting’ Lakers job

Dan Hurley says he belongs at UConn after turning down ‘obviously tempting’ Lakers job

STORRS, Conn. — Dan Hurley thought about the chance to attempt and lead UConn to a 3rd successive nationwide title or the possibility to end up being coach of among the NBA’s the majority of storied franchises and asked himself one concern.

“Where do you belong?” Hurley stated Thursday at UConn’s basketball head office.

The response ended up being clear to Hurley and his household as he declined a six-year, $70 million deal to coach the Los Angeles Lakers.

“It was obviously tempting,” Hurley stated. “The Lakers company is simply extraordinary, as soon as in a life time to be provided with the chance to lead among the most storied franchises in sports. It was a likelihood to learn more about some fantastic individuals, however in the end there were a lot of factors to be here.

“You think about the two places you are trying to choose between. You are coaching the back-to-back champs at UConn or the LA Lakers. There aren’t many coaches who had to make that choice between those two options for your career.”

Hurley stated when he went back to school and met gamers, he talked to them about the possibility to reveal their dedication to UConn. Then he let them understand he was returning to coach them.

Among those in the space was the only returning double-digit scorer for the Huskies.

“I was super excited for him to get the opportunity. He has changed my life and has changed other player’s lives as well,” forward Alex Karaban stated. “Whether he took it or whether he returned, I enjoyed for him. When he did return, I was the happiest guy worldwide.

“He is the best coach in the country and I am glad to play under him again.”

When Hurley goes on the recruiting path, he can inform gamers what he quit to remain at UConn.

“I think it is going to help him in high school recruiting for sure just to turn down the Lakers. I think that is special,” Karaban stated.

“That speaks to the type of person that he is and how much he cares about UConn. If recruits don’t see that, that is their loss.”

Hurley rejected that his flirtation with the Lakers was utilized as take advantage of to get more cash from UConn. In a radio look earlier Thursday on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,” he stated he had actually currently consented to a handle UConn that will make him the country’s highest-paid college coach, with just a few information still to be exercised.

Winning a 3rd straight nationwide title won’t be simple. Even with Karaban’s choice to withdraw from the NBA draft, the Huskies have actually lost 4 of their 5 double-digit scorers from last season.

Guard Aidan Mahaney moved in from Saint Mary’s and Michigan transfer Tarris Reed Jr. will assist in the post. Freshman Liam McNeeley is a top-10 nationwide hire who might contribute instantly.

The Lakers fired Darvin Ham after he went 90-74 in 2 seasons, causing the pursuit of Hurley. Los Angeles has yet to call a coach.

UConn ended up being the first string because Florida in 2006 and ‘07 to win back-to-back NCAA titles. Billy Donovan coached those Gators groups and stayed at Florida for 8 more seasons before transferring to the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2015. He now coaches the Chicago Bulls.

The 51-year-old Hurley has a 141-58 record in 6 seasons at UConn. The Huskies are 91-21 over the last 3 seasons.

Kentucky likewise pursued Hurley for its training job following the departure of Hall of Famer John Calipari for Arkansas after 15 years with the Wildcats.


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