Leaving college for the NBA is the toughest decision any young athlete with talent and potential has to make. However, it’s just as tough for collegiate head coaches with the ability to coach at the next level. When the NBA comes calling, it’s not the easiest decision for any coach — including Florida Gators‘ head coach Billy Donovan.
Although Donovan has been quoted saying he loves Florida and the opportunities that it has given him and he has no plans to leave. However, the head coach made a statement that he wasn’t going to “guarantee” that he will be at Florida next season.
Why is this the smart thing to say?
As everyone knows, guaranteeing things can sometimes come back and bite you. Donovan made the point that he has seen other coaches make the guarantee and then leave, breaking the promise that he had once made to stay a particular program.
“But when people start getting into forecasting where they’re going to be or what they’re going to do, and I’ve seen a lot of coaches over the years come out and say, ‘No, no, no, no, I’m not going anywhere, I’m not going anywhere,’ and then all of a sudden they go somewhere, and it’s like, ‘Well, this guy is a complete liar.’ I don’t want to get into that situation. There’s been some teams that have called, but that’s really it.”
As for the opportunity to coach at the next level, Donovan is intrigued:
“All I can say is I love Florida, I’m happy here … the school’s been great to me. But at the same point, some of the NBA stuff, as I’ve said before, is intriguing in a lot of ways — the basketball part of it. That’s not to say that I’m unhappy here; that’s not the case at all.”
Smart move by the coach who will likely be back at Florida next season, but swearing off the NBA could look silly if he gets an offer he can’t refuse.
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