Kenny Anderson would love to come home

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

146 comments Add your comment

Cinco de Julio

March 13th, 2011
3:13 pm

“Shoot it, Kenny ! Shoot it!”

yeah

March 13th, 2011
3:23 pm

I like this idea. We need successful former players to help with recruiting and get excitement back into the program. Anderson knows how to win as a player from his days at GT, and he will be able to relate to players to get them to play at a higher level. A good deal of college basketball success is motivation and attitude. Georgia Tech has so much potential to be a consistently good team in college basketball. GT plays in the best conference year to year in BB, has great tradition, brand new facilities(both practice and Arena), and no problem recruiting top talent being in Atlanta. All we are missing is a Coach and some good assistants who both have a genuine love for the school. GT is a great job for any rising bball coach….I cant wait to see who we get.

smydauf

March 13th, 2011
3:24 pm

Love to see Special K back around the program.

Lethal Weapon 1

March 13th, 2011
3:24 pm

here’s the guy that can recruit the kids in New York like Cremins did. Amen Kenny by all means, you would be an asset to GT basketball. Hope Mark Price, Craig Neal, Dennis Scott and others go for it. Jon Barry was on ESPN radio this morning and even mentioned a little interest in what was going on at GT now.

(Just please Kenny enough of getting pulled in to that crazy tv show that has your ex wife on there who never shuts up.)

Gordon

March 13th, 2011
3:29 pm

All up to the new coach. Kenny should save his sales pitch for him, because that is the only person whose opinion matters on this.

Lethal Weapon 1

March 13th, 2011
3:33 pm

not really, DRAD could “kindly” suggest to the new coach to take a look at bringing on board some former GT players as assistants..I know there are plenty of GT alum and fans that really want that

Tech = POMPOUS

March 13th, 2011
3:35 pm

I thought Tech was going to go get Calipari from Kentucky?????

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Tech = POMPOUS

March 13th, 2011
3:36 pm

Tech should have their pick at ANY coach in the nation to take on their basketball team!!!!

All D-Rad needs to do is show them how many yards Tech’s football team had against Georgia!!!!!!!!

K

March 13th, 2011
3:37 pm

Kenny Anderson! Talk about bringing energy/enthusiasm to the GT BB program!
That would certainly do it.

Ted Striker

March 13th, 2011
3:37 pm

I agree that seeing Kenny involved in some capacity might be a boon for the school. Good luck to Tech in their search for a new coach.

hustle 25

March 13th, 2011
3:40 pm

DEAR NEW COACH,
DUMP the Gold uniforms. Use Navy instead. Hard to watch on TV, plus have spoken to players from GT about 5 years back and it is sometimes hard to distinguish (in split second) between the light gold and opponent’s white. Maybe why so many turnovers?? Need more of a difference, plus the gold isn’t very menacing. Maybe wear the gold for home games occasionally.
Oh and PS: don’t call all your timeouts prior to the last 5 minutes of the game. Understand how/when the “media” timeouts work.

Yellow Britches

March 13th, 2011
3:40 pm

Kenny would be great. As far as a head coach is concerned, I like the guy at Belmont. Young, articulate, smart and an impressive record. Just sayin.

Buzz 2010

March 13th, 2011
3:42 pm

No Calipari for GT, we need a real coach from a real basketball conference ( ACC ), perhaps a Roy Williams or Coach K…. We sure don’t want that mastermind Dawg coach.. ajoke…

404

March 13th, 2011
3:52 pm

Kenny Anderson would serve as a VERY POOR mentor.

Yes, there were great moments when he played for GT.

But…………………………………………………………………..

His personal life shouldnt be a example…FOR ANYONE.

3 Wives, 7 illegitimate children from 5 different women.

Exactly how many lawsuits have ben filed against him by all these women
looking for back child-support, alimony, etc. etc.

He’s been a complete knucklehead in EVERY aspect
when it comes to PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

He has no idea what the concept means.

What kind of example could he possible serve as:
“Look guys. Dont be a complete DA like me.”

At this ppoint, I would DEFINITELY not want to see him around the program.

yeah

March 13th, 2011
3:54 pm

pompous the Tech job is a very good one but I really dont think anyone expects us to hire a coach away from UK. The GT job is one of the best jobs you can get in college basketball…we recruit the best players, have a great track record with the NBA, have top facilities, and play in the ACC…just saying. Thats why the Hewitt firing made the 11pm version of sports center right after the ACC tourney highlights…its a big time job.

Simon Bar Sinister

March 13th, 2011
3:57 pm

I’d rather have Mark Price as the “role model” assistant.

Innocent Bystander

March 13th, 2011
3:58 pm

It’d be nice to see Kenny come back home in some form or fashion.

Glad the mutts are starting to get worried… Their ’stranglehold’ (if you can even call it that) on basketball in the state is about to disappear!

K

March 13th, 2011
4:06 pm

I’m not so sure about Kenny Anderson.
It’s good he still loves Tech as we all do, but character still counts.
And what an example would he be with his irresponsible behavior, morally speaking.
Character still counts.

Jacket Backer

March 13th, 2011
4:18 pm

I think it would be great! Kenny would be huge in recruiting.

Go Jackets!!

Do What?

March 13th, 2011
4:19 pm

@yeah
“The GT jobs is one of best jobs you can get in college basketball” Do What? Never blog when you are smoking pot or doing drugs you tend to post senseless, goofy, mindless blather, like that comment. The GT job isn’t in the Top 20. As for “top facilities” , you dont get around much do you?

The reason the firing made ESPN Sports Center is because it’s news, firings of coaches are headline news, it has nothing to do with ranking of the importance of the school’s opening nationally, that’s just silly. The GT job ranks with Clemson, Ole Miss, Colorado, and a notch above Georgia St. You are nowhere near as highly regarded as you seem to think, the GT program is NOT in the same realm as the nation’s premier programs like Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, N Carolina, UConn, UCLA, Florida, Texas, Pitt, Ohio St, Mich St, Arizona, you simply are not and never have been. GT has had a few nice years but you are not among the top tier programs, nor have you been. You are in a tier with Clemson, Miami, Missouri, Boston College, Memphis, Alabama, Georgia.

Will be interesting to see who takes the job.

GT

March 13th, 2011
4:25 pm

Radakovich won’t make that mistake. There is a lot of pressure to pick the right guy but I would imagine it won’t be anything like Hewitt. Kenny should go over to Cremins place for a couple of years help Bobby do some recruiting up north, learn a little about how to coach, then maybe take that job over as Bobby is getting older, though I imagine Bobby has someone in mind for that all ready. I bet someone in the Southern or Big South could use Kenny, let him get his feet wet. I think a guy like Hewitt would survive better somewhere outside an ACC tradition on the flip side of that we need a new coach that really enjoys the ACC tradition, respects the league. The first thing Coach K said today was how strong the ACC is and what an honor it is to play in it. I think the guys Hewitt recruited found this conference a bunch of jazz, they came to Tech because of Atlanta and not because of the ACC. As Cremins found the ACC will carry you if you let it, but if you think education is overrated, and don’t know the difference between Duke and South Florida academically maybe the ACC is not the place for you as a player or a coach.

JSS

March 13th, 2011
4:27 pm

@ 404…
“He’s been a complete knucklehead in EVERY aspect when it comes to PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.”

You do know that you just described: the former Speaker of the House, the former Speaker of the GA General Assembly, the host of ‘The Apprentice,’ the head coach at Louisville, and few other prominent men? If you want a clean liver bring back Hewitt…

Little Girl

March 13th, 2011
4:28 pm

Kenny P.

March 13th, 2011
4:31 pm

Mark Price head coach, Dennis Scott shooting coach and Kenny Anderson coaching point guards =NCAA Championship in two years.

Larry

March 13th, 2011
4:32 pm

“..with his THIRD wife.” He is 40 years old.

No thanks! All this does is perpetuate the black male as a poor role model who can’t stick with a commitment and always looking for the next female to mate with.

This is college…get a real man to lead these young men by example!

JSS

March 13th, 2011
4:36 pm

Nah, It is just too tempting, I’ll let that Mississippi Black Bear alone…

jacket

March 13th, 2011
4:45 pm

404 is absolutely dead-on right!

Veteran Fan

March 13th, 2011
4:46 pm

Calipari is a two-time cheater and crook! Kentucky sold their honor when they hired him! We would have NO interest in him or anyone who has proved to be a cheater like Pearl at Tennessee!

Tech Fan Since 1950

March 13th, 2011
4:46 pm

Do What? You may not visit too many places do you? Perhaps you are about ten years old, which is not a bad thing. Florida has won a national championship and Texas as been pretty good, but I’ll only grant the other programs you mentioned better than Tech on average during the past 25 years. Yes, we have been down since 2004 and not a consistent winner since then despite still going to the NCAA a time or two. Tech is in Atlanta, enough said, where the talent is legend….and Tech is building a whole new basketball complex after spending millions of dollars on Alexander in advance of the Olympics and then on a new basketball training/office headquarters. Tech will get the talent. The objective will be to coach them and keep them in school for at least three years before they head off to the NBA. The right coach can do this. The 1980’s and 90’s are not that far away so do some history work and check out attendance at Tech basketball games during those wonderful and successful years when tickets were hard to get. Yes, Tech fans are a bit fickle, but with the right coach and team you’ll see them coming back. Yes again, the Georgia Tech job is “one of the best jobs you can get in college basketball.”

GT GRAD

March 13th, 2011
5:00 pm

GREAT idea as an assistant coach IF the new head coach wants to hire Kenny of course!

Paddy

March 13th, 2011
5:03 pm

The one comment Kenny made right before his NBA career was about to end; “people(fans) don’t know how expensive it is to have 8 new cars. Most fans could not even afford my monthly insurance premium” Well that sure speaks to the state of basketball in our country. I say he should be on the sidelines for the Gators!

Genius Jacket

March 13th, 2011
5:17 pm

Did Kenny Anderson ever go to class at Tech?

woebegong

March 13th, 2011
5:23 pm

What inspires these young players that are NBA ready after the requisite one year of college, to stay in college after that? It seems like a few of the big time coaches, like Coach K. and I would guess even Coach Williams, get at least two years if not more out of their players. If a coach with the same attributes, those guys seem to have can be found and he has a decent track record, that’s the coach for Tech. Probably has to be part salesman, part mentor, good sound fundementals and showed he can win consistently. I would think it will take some bucks to persuade this type of coach to leave his successful job and security, and start over with a new team. That was probably the thinking of Techs. former AD, when he gave coach Hewitt that sweetheart contract.

GT hulk

March 13th, 2011
5:28 pm

Get a Duke assistant coach—someone that recruits 4 year players and knows what winning is about!!!!

JSS

March 13th, 2011
5:31 pm

Who? Chris Collins? Tech doesn’t have the money to go after Johnny Dawkins (Stanford) according to the bloggers… Get off that Brad Stevens pipe dream too…

Bobby C

March 13th, 2011
5:32 pm

Um…no. We need guys who can coach, not former standout players. The next head coach needs to bring a staff that can flat out coach, whether they are Tech guys or not

404

March 13th, 2011
5:36 pm

The overall FACT about Hewitt is this:

He clearly started “mailing it in” right after he signed the “lifetime contract.”

Just look at the stats. It’s been all downhill since he signed the contract.

His complacency and arrogance grew steadily year after year,
and the team performance and stats grew worse year after year,
after the contract was signed.

Shortbus

March 13th, 2011
5:50 pm

How ’bout Tommy Amaker?

HOME GROWN

March 13th, 2011
5:59 pm

for those who think Mark Price does not have any previous coaching experience, then you may want to read his bio, he does:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Price

If I were Kenny, I would walk in the door and not blink an eye why I wanted to be the head basketball coach at Ga Tech. Just bring along the video of the jumper against Michigan St that led GT to a final four appearance.

GT hasn’t had any former players involved in the program in at least 11 years, time to give someone(s) a chance. I mean, there were several alone drafted in the NBA first round. I wish they would all apply for the job. DRAD said all would be considered, not just current head and assistant coaches. There are plenty out there with head coaching experience including Hewitt, doesn’t mean anything most times.

gt4ever

March 13th, 2011
6:34 pm

Do what???

You sound like your the one on drugs…… This is a top 10 job.. Period…

juvenal

March 13th, 2011
6:50 pm

in this economy, the pick is critical….getting old, long drive for me, was only getting tix cuz i support tech, when so many thought this was the only way to get a new coach-what aboutit, hewitt fan, you getting tix? cph haters? i am….”you bled for Wallace….”

Norh Ave Killer Beez

March 13th, 2011
7:05 pm

I think Kenny could bring in a lot of talent with is background. He would make a great recruiter. Come on home Kenny.

GT NUPE

March 13th, 2011
7:05 pm

Thank you Paul Hewitt for the years that we did have. But most of all, thank you for being honest, clean, and without recruiting violations. On top of that, you put players in the league. Even Coach K struggles with that.

GT NUPE

March 13th, 2011
7:06 pm

HOME GROWN, check your facts. Darryl LaBarrie was an Asst Coach and he was on the team in the past 11 years.

just facts

March 13th, 2011
7:23 pm

Tech = POMPOUS,,, that was back to back brilliant posts. did u come up with those gems on your own or were they the result of the meeting of several brilliant dawg minds. I am surprised you have time post on here with all the time it takes continually tell yourselves that next year is THE year, really THE year now saint mark is going to really have the time to actually coach.

Worm

March 13th, 2011
7:28 pm

@404, 3:52…That is some resume…Maybe he can bring Sammy Drummer with him.

BUZZ

March 13th, 2011
7:35 pm

Mark Price… thats all I got to say. Come on D Rad, at least make your first phone call go to old #25!

AUG2424

March 13th, 2011
8:00 pm

The UK coach is not coming to GT. Mark Price would be a better coach than Kenny Anderson. Rajon Rondo credits Price with helping him become a better shooter. I’m a UGA fan and Mark Price is a better choice.

Wilson Dunkit

March 13th, 2011
8:06 pm

If Kenny demonstrated his ability to swallow his ego and start out as a secondary assistant, and had good chemistry with the new coach, then I am sure he’d get a shot. I’m all for him getting an interview if there are assistant openings, but I have no clue about his off court ability to recruit and coach.

FullMetalJacket

March 13th, 2011
8:13 pm

Thank you for your playing career and your loyalty to Georgia Tech. I can not imagine you being ready to coach young men at this time in your career, given your own life choices. I am sure you have learned from your experience, but you must know you have a lot to prove in terms of personal responsibility and coaching ability. No problems with you as a consultant, but not ready to give you a contract. Of course, it’s up to the next head coach really. And by the way, before you needed a job, in what ways have you helped Hewitt or the program in the last decade?