Kenny Anderson said today that he’d love to be a part of the next coaching staff at Georgia Tech.
“I know with my inexperience on the sidelines in college, I don’t need to be a head coach, but I would love to be a part of the program in some form or fashion,” he said.
Anderson, of course, is one of the greats in Tech’s history. A point guard from New York, he led “Lethal Weapon 3″ to the Final Four in 1990 as a freshman. He played one more year, helping the Yellow Jackets earn a No. 8 seed in the next NCAA tournament while averaging nearly 26 points per game.
He said he has a lot of respect for Paul Hewitt, who was fired on Saturday after 11 season as Tech’s coach. In one of those ironic statements, he said it’s too bad that Hewitt had so many one-and-dones that hurt the program’s momentum. Though Anderson left Tech early, he eventually earned a college degree from St. Thomas University in Miami. He lives in nearby Pembroke Pines with his third wife.
Anderson said he’d love to see athletic director Dan Radakovich bring in “a young guy, a charismatic type of guy, a guy who has ties recruiting in the south.”
Anderson said he thought Hewitt was treated fairly. He said the program has been down for a few years.
“When you are losing, no one likes it when you are losing, especially when you are a big-time program,” he said. “He was a top-paid coach, so it comes with the territory.”
As for his qualifications, Anderson said he brings his experiences from Tech and a 14-year career in the NBA. He has plenty of wisdom to share. As chronicled by Michelle Hiskey in a story in the AJC last year, Anderson squandered $60 million in basketball earnings.
“I definitely would bring great mentorship trying to lead those young men,” he said. “My experiences at Georgia Tech and my life experiences I could help them develop as players and young men.”
He said he thinks he would a good recruiter, especially in the South and the New York metropolitan area. As for X’s and O’s, “that’s a no-brainer. That’s easy for me, being that I was point guard and ran a bunch of teams in the NBA and Tech when I was a freshman.
“Having a face like mine, with all the success I had at Georgia Tech, bringing me back would be a breath of fresh air. I think alumni and boosters would love to see Kenny Anderson back with the program.”
– Doug Roberson, AJC