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Originally published June 22, 2011 at 7:34 PM | Page modified June 22, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Report: Timberwolves interested in UW's Lorenzo Romar

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.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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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.

"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."

Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or pallen@seattletimes.com




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