Billy Donovan Rumors
Indiana has a basketball coach, and it’s not Billy Donovan. And despite rumors and a report to the contrary, the Thunder coach said on Saturday that he didn’t travel to Bloomington, Ind., on Friday to discuss the Hoosiers’ vacancy, filled Saturday when IU hired Dayton coach Archie Miller. Justin Albers of AlbersAngle.com reported on Friday, citing sources, that Donovan had been in Bloomington that morning. “Yesterday morning, I was here in practice,” Donovan said. “I was not there. I was here in practice and actually was in a couple meetings, and then went to Russell (Westbrook’s) bowling charity last night.”
Billy Donovan’s name has been tossed around lately for college openings. Just spoke to Donovan and he said he is “very, very happy in the NBA and in Oklahoma City — and is committed there.” Hasn’t even finished his second season in NBA.
But Donovan said prior to the Thunder’s game against the Raptors Thursday night that he’s enjoying life with Oklahoma City. “I am totally happy here,” Donovan said. “I love it here. I love the guys I work with every day. I love our staff, the organization. As far as I’m concerned, my commitment is totally here and doing the best job I can while I’m here.”
He glues himself to guards like C.J. McCollum as they skitter through a complicated web of screens, and goes to war on the wing against physical scorers who were born to abuse players like him. But in most games, Roberson—the most oppressive and effective perimeter defender in basketball—makes slowing down stars look easy. “I definitely think he should be in the [Defensive Player of the Year] conversation,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan told VICE Sports. “It’s not like I see every player, every single game, but just being with him for 60-plus games here, and what he did last year, there’s no question he should be in the conversation. He is an incredible defender in a lot of different ways.”