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June 22, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Romar debunks rumor he’s a Minnesota T-Wolves candidate

Spoke with Lorenzo Romar tonight and he didn’t sound like a man who plans to shop for real estate in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
In fact, the Washington coach talked more about how much he loves his current job than he did addressing the rumor linking him to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Romar didn’t come out and flatly deny he’s leaving UW, but he didn’t have to. He felt uneasy talking about the job that still belongs to Kurt Rambis. He hasn’t been contacted by the Wolves and if they call, it doesn’t appear as if Romar is interested in coaching in the NBA any time soon.
Here’s the bulk of our brief conversation.

(Have you been contacted by the Minnesota Timberwolves?) “They have not talked to me about the job there. So many times in our profession there’s speculation on certain situations. Now why there would be speculation on me, I don’t know. I feel presumptuous to go on and say I’m still here at the University of Washington and I’m comfortable here because that’s assuming there’s any interest. There could not be any interest. That’s why I don’t know how to answer that because no one has contacted me and said we want you to be a candidate for the job. It would be a little arrogant of me to say I have a comment.”
(Is it flattering to be linked to these types of jobs?) “It’s awkward maybe more than flattering. For one there is a current coach there. So that makes it awkward. Yeah it’s good to know that people appreciate the job that your staff is doing and they appreciate your program. It’s good to know that if that is the case, but it’s also flattering to know that I have great support from (UW athletic director) Scott Woodward and the administration at the University of Washington because that’s not the case in a lot of places. With the administration here, Scott has been great. He and I have been very honest with each other about all kinds of things like this. We don’t hold back anything from each other. He’s been great to work with. To me, I think it’s flattering to have that as much as anything. To have the support where you’re at.”
(You’ve called Washington your dream job. Why is that?) “No. 1 I went to school and played here. I’ve been pulling for this university and the athletics here and the basketball program for over 30 years. I’m invested in this program. I’ve always been a fan of the Pac-8, the Pac-10 and now what will be the Pac-12. I love Seattle. My wife loves Seattle and it’s a place that when we first got here even though some were very skeptical, I thought it was a place where we could be successful. To take a place where you attended, played and went to school and to take that program potentially to great heights is a great, great fun challenge.”
(Is there a scenario in which you’d leave Washington and do you have the itch like so many college coaches to coach in the NBA?) “I did play in the NBA so that mystique of what it would be like up there doesn’t exist. I know things have changed. It was a long time ago that I played. … Even though it was eons ago, I still played and saw a little bit of what it was like up there. I’m still fairly close to it because you have your own players on NBA teams. There’s guys that I played with that are coaching or in management so I still have an idea of what’s going on. So I don’t have that itch to go do that.”



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