Lenny Wilkens to Coach Again?

by May 24, 2010

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.'”