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ESPN Sports Reporters: Donovan "could be" next coach of Knicks

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by rtgator, Mar 16, 2014.

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    This morning, the ESPN's Sports Reporters had a very nice discussion about Donovan and the Gators. They were very complimentary and listed all the reasons why the Gators could cut down the nets.

    But, the discussion began with the statement that many people say that Donovan "could be" the next coach of the Knicks. This comment followed their previous discussion about Phil Jackson being hired by the Knicks.

    Have I missed something? Are there some rumors out there about this?
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    LOL at ESPN....Christine ain't moving to NYC....
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    I think Billy learned a valuable lesson a few years ago. He is a Gator now and forever.
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    We'll they're right. He could be. So could I. Admittedly the odds of Donovan being their coach is higher.

    I'm not convinced this is his las stop but I'm also not worrying about it. We've had such a good ride that every day he gives us is just another cherry on top.
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    After the way the Orlando situation went down, I don't see him going anywhere except retirement.
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    It's simply an attempt at ESPN to generate more commerce. If there were ANY semblance of truth to this, do you think the Donovan camp would allow this to leak at this time? Pure speculation, and not an overly bad one at that. Phil Jackson, now the Puppetmaster in New York, and Billy D, the hottest coach in all of the land (whom is from New York) being rumored as the next coach? C'mon man! Too easy....
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    Don DeVoe could get a call, too. You never know.

    Calling Capt. Ahab.

    Capt. Ahab, please pick up the white phone....
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    Phil Jackson hiring a coach out of the college ranks and Billy Donovan agreeing to coach under Phil Jackson's shadow? Not gonna happen.
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    Billy D long ago turned down the pros.

    I doubt seriously that he would relent now.

    This is almost surely propaganda generated from opposing coaches or Ads who are tired of losing to his teams by 15-30 points.
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    Wow...just another bit of "hyped journalism" by those at ESPN. If we were ranked in the top 20, would he even be mentioned? Probably not...
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    That comment has been thrown out there a few times the last two weeks as the Jackson hiring was being discussed. BTW, the talking heads had a firm consensus that Jackson wasn't going to the Knicks, which they all claimed was preposterous, he was baiting the Lakers to come make him an offer.

    They know a lot these guys. Often wrong.
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    From New York. I forgot about that. I hope the Knick's aren't Billy's "dream job". :rolleyes:
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    I would think the scenario is similar to Riley in Miami. Spoelstra is Riley's foil. I just don't see Billy being Jackson's.
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    Most likely, this was just a segue between the Phil Jackson/Knicks discussion and the Billy Donovan/Florida Gators discussion.

    One other thing about the discussion about Donovan and the Gators . . . . . . . .

    Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe stressed that Billy has achieved his accomplishments at a "football school". I'm glad he made this point. IMHO, this is the thing that separates Billy's achievements from those of Coach K., Boeheim, Self, R. Williams, Pitino and most of the other top coaches. I'm not saying Billy's necessarily better than the rest, but he's done it at a school with little basketball tradition.
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    Billy may go to the nba some day, but I think he's too smart to sign on to the dumpster fire that is the Knicks.
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    I mean, Billy D played for the Knickerbockers in his little stopover in the NBA...so it makes total sense! :rolleyes:
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    As SOS often said, never say never. It all depends on what motivates BD plus mitigating negatives (like SOS had with L'affaire Dockett).

    Hopefully achieving status with the likes of Dean Smith and Mike K means more than taking his game to the NBA. The Knicks were the team that released him from his short-lived playing career. But it appears his personality neither resents people nor seeks to show them up.

    I hope he stays until he's done coaching for good but, as already mentioned, if he decides it's time for a change, I will still be grateful for all he's done, which has been far above anything I ever dreamed.
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    At least it's ESPN and not some Kentucky homer like when Finebaum started up the Meyer to ND rumors.
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    I heard the Donovans already own a horse farm in Central Park.
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    I think about a week ago, SI had an article listing the possible choices for the Knicks coaching job, and Donovan and Cal were both listed.
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