Bill Self Rumors
Other first-time Hall of Fame finalists include longtime NBA referee Hugh Evans, Connecticut women’s star Rebecca Lobo, two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, five-time All-Star Sidney Moncrief, Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, Kansas coach Bill Self, and two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich.
Coaches eligible to be inducted for the first time include Kansas’ Bill Self; Harry Statham, who coached for 50 seasons at McKendree University of Lebanon, Ill.; and Jim Phelan, who coached for 49 seasons at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md.
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Kansas coach Bill Self became the latest on Saturday—sparked by a question about KU freshman Kelly Oubre—and it’s a tangent that just about any coach in America when teed up would go off on. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim voiced his displeasure recently as well. “The mock drafts don’t mean anything,” Self said. “And I would tell the guy if he was here doing the mock drafts. They don’t mean anything. They’re ridiculous.”
So I gave Givony a chance to respond to what Self said and then followed up with him after he sent his answer. Here’s what he wrote over email in response to Self’s rant: “It’s not really up to me to say what ‘mock drafts’ mean or don’t mean. It’s difficult to lump all ‘mock drafts’ into one mold, just like it’s difficult to say that all college coaches are one thing or another. “I would like to believe that the website I started 11 years ago is more than just a mock draft, but I can understand why Bill Self would be frustrated as it would be much easier to bring along a guy like Kelly Oubre if no one had heard about him prior to arriving at Kansas.”
The Kansas Jayhawks kicked off the preseason Friday with Late Night in the Phog, and head coach Bill Self addressed the crowd wearing a very loud suit inspired by Andrew Wiggins’ NBA Draft attire. The pattern was a little different, but Self nailed the glasses.
“When all this trade stuff started, I talked to Andrew and Andrew told me, “I hope I get traded,” Self said. “And I’m like, ‘No you don’t.’ And he said, “Coach, I do. It’s better for me, knowing my personality and what I need to do, to go somewhere where I’m forced to be something as opposed to going in there where they’re going to be patient with me and I’m going to be a piece.”