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Hawks’ Mike Brey discusses why it might be ‘exhausting’ for Dan Hurley to go away UConn for Lakers

Dan Hurley has a tricky resolution to make.

The UConn males’s basketball head coach is reportedly the best choice for the Los Angeles Lakers to exchange Darvin Ham for a similar position.

Hurley has coached the Huskies to back-to-back nationwide championships the place they’ve dominated each March Insanity tournaments. Their closest sport in each tournaments was only a 13-point margin.


Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies indicators to his gamers through the Nationwide School Basketball Championship sport towards the Purdue Boilermakers at State Farm Stadium on April 8, 2024, in Glendale, Arizona.  (Mitchell Layton/Getty Photographs)

However former faculty head coach Mike Brey, who’s presently an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks, understands the intrigue.

“He is gotta give it some thought, there isn’t any query,” he informed OutKick’s Dan Dakich. “One factor about him, he is actually assured, and he is just a little bit loopy, which is why he is good. So possibly he’ll go take a swing at that. That loopy half makes him actually totally different and distinctive and good. He’s a Jersey, I-95, East Coast, Massive East type of man. I do not suppose he provides a s–t about cash that a lot, fairly frankly. One in every of his nice strains through the event was ‘I’m a highschool coach that obtained fortunate.’ And I can relate. . . .

“I get it. It is actually attractive, however God, he is such an East Coast man.”

Dan Hurley cuts the net

UConn head coach Dan Hurley celebrates chopping the online after their win towards Purdue within the NCAA faculty Closing 4 championship basketball sport, Monday, April 8, 2024, in Glendale, Arizona. (AP Photograph/David J. Phillip)


Nonetheless, Brey is aware of how exhausting it’s to half methods from a university program. He coached Notre Dame for 23 seasons earlier than becoming a member of the Hawks final 12 months.

“Entering into to inform your gamers that dedicated to you and are there with you, you gotta look them within the eye and inform them that, I can by no means deliver myself – I can not do this,” Brey stated. “I simply informed these guys, ‘We’re on this collectively, we’re gonna do it.’ 

“Individuals who do not coach do not get that, man. You’ve got been promoting that, and now you gotta look them within the eye and go ‘hey fellas, guess what?’ That is exhausting, man.”

The Lakers had additionally been rumored to be focusing on J.J. Redick as their subsequent head coach. The Athletic reported on Tuesday that the staff was “zeroing in” on the previous Duke star to take the reins. 

Redick stated on “Gojo & Golic” on Wednesday that he would handle the Lakers scenario after the playoffs have been over. Nothing has been made official but.

Dan Hurley cuts down net

Head coach Dan Hurley of the Connecticut Huskies cuts down the online after beating the Purdue Boilermakers 75-60 to win the NCAA Males’s Basketball Match Nationwide Championship sport at State Farm Stadium on April 8, 2024, in Glendale, Arizona.  (Chris Coduto/Getty Photographs)


The Lakers parted methods with Darvin Ham after two seasons as soon as their playoff run was over. Ham was 90-74 and put collectively back-to-back successful seasons. Los Angeles made the Western Convention Finals in his first season.

Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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