Tuesday, May 12th, 2015


Boyhood friends trying to help make Tennessee basketball relevant again

Before Rob Lanier knew he would rejoin his former boss at Texas, Rick Barnes, to help stabilize the reeling basketball program Tennessee, he had a suggestion: Hire Desmond Oliver. There are casual friends, good friends, close friends and best friends. And then there’s the relationship Lanier and Oliver have maintained for 34 years, all the way back to the days the two grew up a couple of doors apart on Donovan Street in the rugged Buffalo, N.Y. housing project, Ferry Grider Homes. Perhaps that street name was a harbinger ofRead More