The Firing of Lorenzo Romar Is Wrong!!

“One Man’s Opinion” by Gordon Curvey

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Yesterday I was in my car coming home from my Seattle Public Schools job and I had the radio on sports radio KJR here in Seattle. And all of a sudden the news comes out that University Of Washington head basketball coach Lorenzo Romar was going to be fired.

I said to myself DAMN! The UW is going to fire Romar. It was a shock ladies and gentlemen. I thought the school would keep Romar another year because of the top 5 class coming to the school next year.

Led by the dynamic Micheal Porter Jr. This kid CAN BALL!!! He averaged 34 points and 13 rebounds for Nathan Hale. He helped turn around a school that was 3-18 to a undefeated season and state title.

He is 6-10, can pull up from 35 and has a deadly jumper from 20 or other words a mid range game and he can get up and block shots too. And can dribble like a guard. He is the real deal. And he is a future NBA superstar. Another Kevin Durant!!

Hale was led also by head coach Brandon Roy. Of course a Seattle native and former NBA All Star player for Portland. Nathan Hale was #1 in the nation.  A great high school team under Roy. Porter Jr. Jontay also a star on the Hale team. He is a year behind his brother.

YES their are rumors as to how and why Nathan Hale went from 3-18 to undefeated and a state title in one year. And how and why Porter Sr and Jr and another son moved from the midwest to here in Seattle and how and why Porter Sr. got hired as Lorenzo Romar’s assistant. And how and why Brandon Roy, a ex UW star got hired at Hale. His first coaching position. Yes their are rumors.

Having said that no one has got fined or got a penalty. Their are just rumors. Yes even myself thought things were real shady. But again the people involved were not given a penalty.

Now we have Romar being fired. The question is why? Yes Washington had a flat out TERRIBLE season and loss 13 games in a row to end the season and again UW is not in the big dance. I mean I watched the UW get completely blown out by UCLA and Gonzaga. It was sad watching those games. It really was.

But with the season coming to a end I did not think the AD at Washington Jen Cohen would fire Romar but she caved in to the pressure and ended the head coaching career at UW for Romar after 15 years.

But why did Cohen fire Romar? How come she could not wait another year with Porter Jr and kids from Garfield High School coming in? I have had discussions with folks since the firing of Romar and I do not like would I have found out. Something is not right with AD Cohen pulling the strings on Romar.

First of all do you think Jen Cohen knows ANYTHING about college basketball? I say NO!! And how about this readers. I think Cohen did not want Romar to start a possible dynasty at UW or a string of real good teams even with kids leaving for the NBA. For instance like Kentucky.

Cohen felt pressure and fired Romar. I was wrong folks. Just think about it. Washington had one of top recruiting class of all schools in Div 1 college basketball coming in. WHY would Cohen fire Romar without letting him coach these kids? It is just wrong and something is very very shaky about Lorenzo being fired at this team Washington.

So now Micheal Porter Sr has left UW and is going back to Missouri to be a assistant coach. So you already know his sons will follow him to Missouri. This is very sad for UW basketball fans.

I reached out to former NBA Coach Of The Year Sam Mitchell via social media to see if he would be interested in the UW job since Romar was fired. Mitchell got back to me and said thanks but no thanks and he happy being on NBA TV for right now.

Also other Romar recruits will leave too. Maybe even of the kids who played last year will leave also. So now what? Who will be the next UW head coach? Well how about Will Conroy who Cohen has said is now the “point person” what ever that is. What about Roy? How about Conroy as a assistant or head coach or Roy as the head coach or a assistant? And bring in ex UW star Donald Watts Jr.

Maybe if they act quickly on Roy/Conroy this might help keep Porter Jr here and the other recruits. Roy by the way is a ex UW star and also a Garfield High star whose jersey hangs in the gym at Garfield.

Will AD Cohen do this? Most likely not. But they should and they should do it NOW!! By the way I am not happy with the sports reporter at the Seattle Times Matt Calkins.

This guy writes in the Times “Romar had to go for the good of team” CALKINS NEEDS TO GO!! GO BACK WHERE HE CAME FROM!! He has ONLY BEEN IN THE SEATTLE AREA A YEAR OR SO. HE HAS HIS NERVE TO SAY THIS ROMAR NEEDS TO GO BS!! Give me a damn break!!! Calkins has put other African Americans on blast on his blog at the Seattle Times!!

Sorry I have to go here but Calkins is a white dude writing this BS about a African American head coach that he really knows nothing about. HE IS STILL NEW IN OUR AREA. GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM MATT CALKINS!! Finally this.

When Lorenzo Romar was first hired, sports radio KJR host Dave Mahler who truth be told I have never liked, put the UW on blast all day over the air for hiring Romar. He was saying who is this guy and why did they hire him and not others. Mainly white by the way.

I made some calls to find out what time was the press conference to announce the hiring of Romar and I got my keys and went to press conference. Knowing Mahler would be there firing “softball questions” to Romar knowing he was on radio blasting the hiring of Lorenzo. I sat in the stands and BAM! Here goes Mahler asking “softball questions” to Romar.

After the press conference I confronted Mahler. I was pissed. Former UW players had to cool me off including my childhood friend and ex member of the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons and a Seattle native James Edwards and others. I was upset folks at Mahler. KJR program director (and still is 15 years later) Rich Moore wanted to put charges on me but my good friend former NAACP of Seattle Carl Mack talked him out of it.

So Romar gets fired yesterday and I turn on Mahlers radio show and he was saying all this BS about how much he loved Romar as a person etc. But then he agreed with the firing of Romar. Readers this was no surprise. Mahler most likely celebrated they firing of Romar!! Romar even did a interview with Mahler about the firing. It was a damn joke. I saw right though Mahler!! He was not fooling me!!!

So let’s see what happens to Porter Jr and his brother of the 2018 Class Jontay who also has committed to UW. Let’s see what happens to Garfield High kids Jaylen Noel and Daejon Davis. What will their family decide for their kids. We will keep you informed right here on “Sports Inner City Online-TV”

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