Kevin Ollie to Meet with Los Angeles Lakers About Coaching Job?

With Mike D'Antoni's coaching seat mercifully vacated, the Los Angeles Lakers need to find someone capable of erasing an awful taste from their mouths. UConn national championship coach and former NBA point guard Kevin Ollie just might be the right man for that job.

Updates from Tuesday, May 6

Ollie has taken to Twitter to deny that he has a meeting set up with the Lakers:

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According to Fox Sports' Bill Reiter, the two sides are expected to meet in the near future to discuss the position:

Reiter added that Ollie is leaning toward staying at his alma mater, but still wants to have the conversation with the Lakers:

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, however, reported that the Lakers have not reached out to Ollie. As such, there is no scheduled get-together for the two just yet:

Medina had previously reported the Lakers were "expected to reach out" to Ollie, but he'd also heard from a source the coach was "real committed to his alma mater."

If that phone call hasn't come yet, it might simply be a formality.

As noted by Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Ollie has long been mentioned among the star-studded list of coaching candidates the Lakers have been linked to recently. Bresnahan also included North Carolina's Roy Williams and the Chicago Bulls' Tom Thibodeau among that group.

Ollie recently began talks on a contract extension with the Huskies, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, but he "hasn't ruled out listening to NBA overtures."

His name might carry the strongest buzz in the college ranks at the moment. The 41-year-old guided his seventh-seeded team to the national title this season, displaying a potent mix of strategic savvy and confidence-instilling leadership.

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