Monday, May 24th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  13 responses

Lenny Wilkens to Coach Again?

Wilkens, currently working as a consultant to the South Korean National Team, tells SI that he’s got an eye on a few of the coaching vacancies in the NBA: “Wilkens, who retired from coaching in 2005 after 32 seasons in the NBA, finished with 1,332 career victories, in addition to a title with the SuperSonics (1979) and a Coach of the Year award with the Hawks (1994). This year he was surpassed by Warriors coach Don Nelson for most career wins (1,335). Nelson remains the Warriors’ coach, but the team is currently for sale and if a new owner is able to purchase the team by August, it is believed Nelson will be fired as the new owner tries to get his own people in place. If that’s the case, and if Wilkens is able to land another job, he would be able to reclaim his title as the league’s winningest coach. ‘If the situation was right, I certainly would consider [coaching again],’ Wilkens said. ‘I have not explored it. But Cleveland certainly has a good team. So does Chicago. A few teams are good and need coaches. Let’s see how everything shakes out and then we’ll see.’”

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  • http://albayanos.com LeoneL

    Damn I miss the SuperSonics! Would have been great if the team’s still in Seattle and Lenny would be on the sidelines guiding Durant, Westbrook, Green, Harden and others to a chip!

  • LA Huey

    I just hope G-State fans aren’t burdened w/ another sh**ty coach going for the all-time record.

  • James aka…

    He was done half way through his hawks tenure. he was past done when he had a raptors team that he refused to push.

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    He’s tired of torpedoes and impending war so he comes back to 1 up Nellie?

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Cosign James. Wilkins barely cared enough to roll out the practice balls when he was with the Raps.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    One of my favorite players/coaches. Not sure what’s up with the dislike here?

  • James aka…

    I think he played to VC’s worst tendancies during his crucial development. Vince was never going to have the eye of the tiger, but I would have settled for as competative as dirk at least.

  • http://www.nba.com/2010/news/05/20/derosa.suspended/index.html?rss=true Tommy Patron

    @ Teddy- Sure, Lenny was great….until the mid-90′s. Keep him away!

  • http://www.another48minutes.com Gerard Himself

    with all due respect for Lenny Wilkens, but he’s been out since 2005 after some awful years with the Knicks, and is 72 now. I don’t think he is what the Warriors need right now.

  • Future Guy

    The Cavs, the Hawks, the Raptors, the Knicks. Every team this guy touches underperforms, fails to live up to expectations. Sure, he won a ring with the Sonics in ’79, but that was one of the League’s most talent-poor years ever.

  • BostonBaller

    Wilkens..HOF player and coach but I don’t think this breed of athlete would respond to him much like they didn’t in Clev, ATL, TO & NY. @future g: If you said the talent won that chip in ’79 then why wasn’t it the lack of talent with those 4 aforementioned teams?

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    The game passed Lenny when they stopped wearing daisy dukes.

  • Justin

    While the game has definitely passed him by, I would hardly say his Cavs teams underachieved. They just happened to run, as a lot of teams did, straight into the Michael Jordan juggernaut