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Great article from Chris Harry on Billy Donovan

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by jeffphillips21, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. jeffphillips21

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  2. Singaporegator

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    Thanks. Fabulous article. Must read!
     
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  3. HallGator

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    Awesome article.

    Lots of things jumped out at me but here is one thing in particular:

    "Before the season ends, Donovan will have coached more than 400 games in the NBA. That's a lot of dealing with LeBron James, James Harden and Damian Lilliard. His current record of 231-151 equates to a winning percentage of .601, which is far and away the best among coaches who have made the jump from college to the NBA over the last 30 years. The Thunder's overall record the last five years is fifth-best in the NBA, which suggests Donovan is doing fairly well against his current peer group, too.
     
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  4. OklahomaGator

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    Everyone who thinks Billy D. will come back to G'ville or even college, needs to read that article. To summarize, it ain't happening.
     
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  5. Singaporegator

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    “Billy the Kid” is 55. When did I start thinking that was young?
     
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  6. VTGator

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    Great article. Wow. Goosebumps.

    I won’t be surprised if Billy wins NBA coach of the year this year.
     
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  7. fda92045

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    Man....there aren't many words to say other than we were lucky to have him as long as we did.

    Awesome piece by Harry.
     
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  8. jeffphillips21

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    “Great coach, better person”

    that about sums it up. Agree we were so lucky to have him as long as we did. Now his name will be tied to Gators basketball forever
     
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  9. tilly

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    Gilgeous-Alexander said. "I'm not the same player I was last year. Not even close. I think he's gotten the best out of me, but I also think he's the type of coach you really want to go out there and play hard for."
     
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    "The arena will roar." - And I might have something in my eyes.
     
  11. Claygator

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    Wow. Such a great person. So glad we are honoring him this way.

    His years at UF were so special, so many great memories. Having Bill and Spurs at the same time was so magical.
     
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  12. incoldblood

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    Great article! Saturday will be special, wish I could be there.
     
  13. jeffphillips21

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    That says it all. Interesting that SGA was recruited by Mike, flipped to UK, then ended up getting coached by a Gator great. Should have stuck with the Gators from the start.
     
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  14. chargator

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    I've always remembered one of his early interviews. I can't remember exactly how it went, but a writer put forth a question about Florida's poor basketball history. Coach D handled it gracefully, replying Florida had had success in pockets and that he wanted to build on it.

    No throwing the former Coaches, players, or history under the bus.

    He sold me right then, that he was a good guy. I had no idea at the time, how good a Coach he was or he'd become.

    As a true Basketball Fan/Junkie, I've always loved or Basketball Team...no matter the record or the Coach. I celebrated our NIT wins like they were the NCAA tournament.

    Coach D gave us such a great ride. I wish I could be there tonight. Just to stand up with everyone and thank him for all he did as a Coach, all he has done for our school, players, and Program.
     
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    It will be my honor.
     
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  16. chargator

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    Thanks Matherly87, I'll be watching the whole half-time show ( and I NEVER do that)
     
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  17. murphree_hall

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    I'll never like that dude after he flipped on us last second and went to Kentucky. :mad:

    In all honesty, it seems it was the right move for him to make for himself... but it's still **** that guy for life. :D
     
  18. antny1

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    Gator fans get called naive or "homers" when we act like our programs have moral high ground over other programs on how we operate but this article kind of explains why some feel like we run our programs the right way.

    We have been spoiled by two incredible lomg term coaching legends who really were cut from a different cloth in Donovan and Spurrier. Just a different perspective from this article