Bill Self Rumors
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.”
As far as fans worrying about him taking an NBA job this offseason, Self said Friday: “There’s nothing about me and the NBA. Zero.” Asked about leaving anytime soon, he told 610 radio: “No, I don’t think so. We’ve got so many good things going on right here. You add the DeBruce Center (for Naismith rules and training table) and add the living quarters (new apartment complex to be built) to go along with the way we’ll be fed, from a recruiting standpoint we’ve done pretty well. I think we can even take a step up.”
Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid will not play in the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament, coach Bill Self confirmed to the Kansas City Star on Wednesday. While Self previously told ESPN.com that he was confident Embiid would play at some point in the tourney, the 7-foot Cameroon native wasn’t expected to be available for the opening weekend due to an ailing back. Embiid also missed the final two regular-season games and the Big 12 tournament. “He’s not going to play,” Self told Kansascity.com “I’m not saying there couldn’t be a miraculous act occur, but we’re certainly not planning on that or expecting that.”
Kansas head coach Bill Self is remaining positive that freshman center Joel Embiid will return during the postseason after going to see a back specialist for the second time on Monday. “I’m optimistic he’ll play soon,” Self said during a phone interview on Monday. “He’ll be back. I’m 100-percent optimistic he’ll be back. We just don’t know yet whether it will be this week or next week. We’re not going to put him out there until the doctors say he’s ready.”