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Sidney Lowe celebrated two wins Sunday – one by his current team, the NBA’s Utah Jazz, and one by his former team, N.C. State.
Before the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Lowe – an assistant coach now with Utah after a five-year stint as the Wolfpack’s head coach – watched the end of N.C. State’s 66-63 NCAA tournament win against Georgetown to advance to the Sweet 16.
“I’m very happy for them,” Lowe said Monday during a phone interview. “That’s what I always wanted for those players, and my school. I said that group would do something special for N.C. State, and they did.”
Lowe, the starting point guard on the Wolfpack’s 1983 national championship team, wanted to be the head coach to return the program to national prominence. After an 86-78 record in five seasons that featured no trips to the NCAA tournament, he resigned last March. N.C. State athletics director Debbie Yow hired Mark Gottfried the following month to replace Lowe.
Lowe remains disappointed, and somewhat frustrated, about how his tenure at N.C. State ended, but he said he’s not bitter. In November, he returned to the NBA, where he worked for 16 seasons before replacing Herb Sendek in April 2006, and joined Tyrone Corbin’s staff with the Jazz. Utah had a 23-22 record after Sunday’s win and began Monday a half-game out of the playoffs.
“It’s never easy when you leave a job, but things worked out,” Lowe said. “It’s good all the way around. They are good there, and Mark and the staff have done a great job, and I’m happy here.”