Basketball coach Lorenzo Romar described Washington as his dream job Wednesday night and reaffirmed his commitment to the Huskies while addressing a rumor linking him to the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves.
Basketball coach Lorenzo Romar described Washington as his dream job Wednesday night and reaffirmed his commitment to the Huskies while addressing a rumor linking him to the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.
“No. 1, I went to school and played here,” said Romar, a UW guard from 1978-1980. “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.”
Romar said he felt uneasy discussing a Yahoo! Sports report that the Wolves will fire coach Kurt Rambis. The story listed Romar and former Sonics coach Bernie Bickerstaff as potential replacements.
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“It’s awkward, maybe, more than flattering,” Romar said. “For one, there is a current coach there. So that makes it awkward.”
Romar signed a 10-year contract extension in April 2010 that pays him $1.7 million annually, not including bonuses. His nine-year tenure is the most successful period in UW basketball history.
The 52-year-old Romar, the longest-tenured coach in the conference, has a 195-102 record and ranks third in wins at Washington. He’s guided the Huskies to six NCAA tournament appearances, three Sweet 16s, three Pac-10 tournament championships and a regular-season Pac-10 title.
He also coached at Pepperdine (42-44 record) and Saint Louis (51-44) and has a 288-190 career record.
Romar has never coached in the NBA and doesn’t have a strong desire to start any time soon, he said.
“Even though it was eons ago, I still played and saw a little bit of what it was like up there,” said Romar, who played five years (1981-85) with three NBA teams. “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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