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Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by akaGatorhoops, Apr 25, 2014.
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Pitino hit the nail on the head with what I think makes Billy D tick (and I may be totally wrong, but I would be surprised if I was): family and team.
The NBA is a cold-blooded business. And it is truly an entertainment business first and a sporting event second.
And if the NBA was all about "family and team" LeBron would still be in Cleveland.
Why leave a school where you are making millions, a big factor in winning championships, and a great place to raise a family? Pitino I'm sure has told Billy don't mess with happiness. Pitino still regrets leaving Kentucky, and Billy would regret leaving Florida.
If Pitino wanted to give his best advice about what to do from his own personal mistakes it would be "Don't stick it in crazy."
Not that I think that BD needs this personal gem of information.
OKC job might be open soon. A lot of coaches would leap at the chance to coach a talent like Durant.
Billy had a chance to coach Dwight Howard and Grant Hill right in his own back yard back in 2007, and ultimately decided he couldn't leave UF.
And Pitino has said before that he has advised Billy to stay put whenever opportunities have presented themselves.
God love Pitino and good advise.
Pitino also advised Donovan not to take the Florida job, didn't he?
While Billy would never say such a thing, he is at a point now where people come to him for advice. I'm sure Billy respects Pitino's opinion, I expect he respects the thoughts of Christine even more. BTW, this past season, BD was 3-0 vs/UK. Pitino was 0-2. Teacher-meet pupil.
Even if it's only for 45 seconds
15 seconds, lmao
Would think they would go hard after Kevin Ollie. Durant loves Ollie.
But he loves Brooks too, which is part of the problem. He and Westbrook need a coach that can draw up an offense and make them stick to it, not a buddy.
Do you think it was about "family and team" when Donovan had to fire Tom Ostrum? Or when he was getting the runaround about Chris Walker from the NCAA? Or when he is having to glad hand AAU handlers on the travel circuit? Or make a flight just to show up at one of Shavlik Randolph's prep games, only to have Randolph go to Duke? Or spending so much effort to get Tyler Hansborough, Patrick Patterson, Trey Thompkins, Austin Rivers, Julius Randle, et al, to commit (publicly or silently) only to see them go back on their word? Or have a nearly unprecedented season like this one get marginalized by pundits because a team that doesn't graduate its players and a team that essential rents them for a year due to a loophole in the NBA eligibility rule got one step farther in a single-elimination tournament?
Believe me, NCAA hoops is every bit as much about "entertainment" and "business" as it is sports. You might even say that the opportunity to be around your players 40+ hours a week the majority of the year enables a coach more access to his "family and team" than the incredibly limited contact hours the NCAA permits. At least that is what Donovan has said repeatedly when asked about the draw of the NBA.
Now, I do agree with you in this sense: coaching at the collegiate level enables him far greater control over his team than he would ever have working in the league. He can determine what kind of players he wants, he can develop them over the span of four years in his system, he has the job security to stick to his guns and discipline as he desires, etc. The tail without question wags the dog in the NBA, but I wouldn't say that necessarily makes it less team-oriented than college hoops. There are pluses and minuses to both sides. While I enjoy college hoops far more than the NBA and hope like crazy that Donovan retires here, I can also see what would be frustrating about coaching at his level, too.
Nope, I read that he told him to take it.
Check again. He told him not to.