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Dan Hurley Confirms He Might Have Left UCONN if the Lakers Did This

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Dan Hurley, the head coach of the University of Connecticut (UConn) men’s basketball team, unexpectedly admitted lately that he might have left the UCONN if the Los Angeles Lakers had made a better offer.

A recent tweet by Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) sheds light on comments made by University of Connecticut (UConn) men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley regarding a potential move to the Los Angeles Lakers. The tweet reads:

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“Dan Hurley confirms he might’ve left UCONN if the Lakers offered more: ‘To say that it’s not a motivating factor… the finances… to leave, it’s definitely a thing. To leave all that behind, there probably is a number. I don’t know what it out that number is.’ “

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This statement highlights the complex considerations coaches face when presented with lucrative offers from prestigious NBA franchises. While acknowledging the financial appeal, Coach Hurley ultimately chose to remain at UConn, suggesting a commitment to the program he has helped rebuild.

The Lakers’ Offer

Dan Hurley Confirms He Might Have Left UCONN if the Lakers Did This - THE SPORTS ROOM

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Last week, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers were interested in hiring Hurley as their head coach. The storied NBA franchise aimed to lure him away from UConn with a lucrative long-term offer. However, Hurley ultimately decided to stay put.

Dan Hurley’s Financial Factor

 

Hurley openly acknowledged that finances played a role in his contemplation. He stated, “To say that it’s not a motivating factor… the finances… to leave, it’s definitely a thing. To leave all that behind, there probably is a number. I don’t know what that number is.” His candid admission sheds light on the delicate balance between loyalty to UConn and the allure of NBA coaching.

The Final Verdict

Ultimately, Hurley’s commitment to UConn prevailed. He rejected the Lakers’ six-year, $70 million offer, citing that he didn’t need leverage. Having secured a contract with UConn, he remains focused on pursuing a third consecutive NCAA championship. While coaching LeBron James in Los Angeles would have been thrilling, Hurley’s heart lies in Storrs.

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