The Lakers decided to stay at the University of Connecticut

New York Post

Dan Hurley broke his silence.
Hours after he decided to spurn the Lakers’ head-coaching offer to stay with UConn, Hurley briefly explained his reasoning.
“I am humbled by this entire experience,” Hurley said in a statement.
“At the end of the day, I am extremely proud of the championship culture we have built at Connecticut.
But Hurley, 51, is motivated to lead the first team to three straight NCAA championships since John Wooden’s UCLA teams won seven straight from 1966-73, according to the report.
“As swept away as Hurley became by the Lakers courtship and vision for him, he ultimately couldn’t walk away from a chance to make history and pursue a third straight NCAA title,” Wojnarowski wrote on X on Monday.
“Even before Lakers talks, Hurley already had a UConn offer to become one of highest-paid NCAA coaches and those talks will continue, per sources.” Hurley’s decision now leaves the Lakers scrambling.
The Lakers are coming off a disappointing season in which they were eliminated in five games by the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs.

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It was Dan Hurley who finally spoke.

Hurley gave a succinct explanation of his decision to reject the Lakers’ head coaching offer and remain at UConn a few hours later.

Hurley released a statement saying, “I am humbled by this entire experience.”. Ultimately, the championship culture we have established at Connecticut is something I am incredibly proud of. Before today’s workout, our team got together, and our current priorities are improving this summer and strengthening our bonds as a unit while we continue to aim for titles. “.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers extended a six-year, $70 million contract offer to Hurley, who has guided the Huskies to consecutive national titles.

Hurley, 51, is driven to create history by leading the team to three consecutive NCAA titles, a feat not seen since John Wooden’s UCLA teams won seven in a row from 1966 to 1973.

Hurley was eventually unable to turn down the opportunity to create history and go for a third consecutive NCAA championship, despite how enthralled he was with the Lakers’ courtship and vision for him, Wojnarowski wrote on X on Monday. “Sources say that Hurley was already receiving an offer from UConn to become one of the highest-paid NCAA coaches, and those talks are still ongoing even in light of the Lakers’ recent discussions.”. “.

The Lakers are now in disarray following Hurley’s choice.

They may now look into two candidates: Hornets assistant James Borrego and former NBA player and media personality JJ Redick, who was the early front-runner for the position prior to Hurley’s name being made public.

The Nuggets took the Lakers to five games to eliminate them from the first round of the playoffs, capping an extremely disappointing season for the team.

LeBron James’ future is also uncertain because he has the option to opt out of his contract this offseason.

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