Billy Donovan Rumors

The town’s train station is planted directly south of his high school, which delivered Donovan the perfect view of that herd of Wall Street businessmen. He noticed the crisp ties and tailored suits, the polished shoes and waxy leather briefcases. Etched in his memory most, though, is the body language – slumped shoulders amidst a backdrop of dreary, depressing weather. “It’d be February and these guys would be sitting up there on the platform and they’d just look miserable,” Billy says. “No one would look happy. I’m like, I don’t want to do that.”
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The business strategy was simple. The previous few years, Donovan rose to basketball fame in the northeast. Sports fans — better known on Wall Street as prospective clients — knew his story. He was popular. So Billy proved perfect for pushing stock, particularly to Providence alums. From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., he spent his days cold-calling strangers. “They give me these stack of cards: ‘Call Joe Smith from this company or whatever it is from Dallas, Texas,’” he said. “And I’m trying to get this guy on the phone. And I’m like, ‘OK, I’m pushing what stock? And what does this stock do? And why is this thing going to do well?’ What drove me nuts was the cold-calling.”
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At least one person thought that could happen. It was Jeff Van Gundy, a graduate assistant during Donovan’s senior year at Providence. Van Gundy started chirping, gassing Donovan up about his chances as he helped prepare him for training camp. “Jeff’s like, ‘Listen, man. I’m telling you. You’ve got a chance to make this team,’” Donovan remembered. “He said, ‘They’ve got a guy there that’s in, like, his third year named Stockton that I’m not so sure about. He hasn’t played very much.’
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