They would become close, and Buford always admired Gillispie’s ability to judge talent. Buford wanted Gillispie to come work with him in the Spurs’ front office, but Gillispie was never built that way. He needed to coach, and he needed to coach his way. So don’t be surprised if Gillispie ends up in San Antonio, because that might be his only option soon. Clyde is on sick leave now, and so is his career. Gillispie said he’d changed after he didn’t win enough games or friends at Kentucky. He was a mess then, alienating those he should have aligned with, and his third DWI arrest took him to another depth.