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Florida coach Billy Donovan says he spoke to NBA teams but is happy where he’s at

May 22, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

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A few NBA teams with coaching vacancies — we’re looking at you, Cleveland Cavaliers — are looking hard at college coaches who could make the jump to the Association.

If you’re doing that, Florida coach Billy Donovan needs to be on your list. He has the Xs and Os chops and he can motivate. He’s a good coach, not just a recruiter.

Donovan told the Associated Press that he did get some calls, but he’s not moving on.

Well, at least yet. He’s intrigued. Here are his expanded comments to the Associated Press.

“I got into coaching because of the basketball piece of it, and there is an intrigue as it relates to (the NBA),” Donovan, who led Florida to two national championships, said. “When you try to project where your future is, where you’re going to be, and you don’t know because I don’t have a crystal ball, all I can say is I am happy here at Florida. I love being here.

“The NBA part of it, the intrigue part of it for me, is just the fact that it’s basketball 24 hours a day. That’s all you’re dealing with is basketball.”

Donovan just led the Florida Gators back to the Final Four, he’s in a good spot. When a coach is in one of those elite college jobs where they are making good money and are comfortable they only reason they leave is the itch for the NBA (or a shakeup at the school). And even then they can be picky about the job they take.

Donovan sounds like he has that itch. He’s just not ready to scratch it.

  1. stephenolszewski - May 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I’m sure Cleveland is one team, they’ve been searching the college ranks

  2. campcouch - May 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Doesn’t he talk to NBA teams every year?

  3. drewzducks - May 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Translation: sorry Phil, but good luck with that mess in NYC.

  4. chunkala - May 22, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    He should be blacklisted from the NBA coaching ranks for reneging years ago.

    • sportsfan18 - May 23, 2014 at 6:48 AM

      people CHANGE their minds all the time in the world…

      blacklist from the NBA for changing ones mind?

      I’m pretty tough and a stickler but that is a tad draconian…

      what about a coach who signs for 4 yrs and then leaves for another team 2 yrs later? THAT is STILL reneging you know…

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