For the past few weeks, University of Florida head basketball coach Billy Donovan has been linked to several NBA teams. Donovan, who led his squad to the Final Four this past season, has flirted with the NBA before. Donovan agreed to coach the Orlando Magic back in 2007 before changing his mind and head back to Gainesville.
While speaking at the SEC meetings this week, Donovan says while he plans on coaching the Gators this season, he’s not making any guarantees.
“I think when you start making guarantees about life and start making guarantees about where you’re going to be, that’s not good,” he said. “If for some reason I ever change my mind and did something, I wouldn’t want (people) saying, ‘Well, he promised, he guaranteed, he said this on record.’ I just think when you start doing that, that’s a mistake.
“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.”
He does have a point because people will hold you to your guarantees so this is a smart move on his part. I think eventually Donovan will go to the NBA but it has to be the best situation for him and his family.