Billy Donovan Rumors
“I’ve studied that in great detail in the offseason, and there’s really not a correlation in terms of teams’ offensive efficiency in terms of how many passes they make,” Donovan said. “We’ve just got to be mindful of getting off high quality shots. If we can get off high quality shots with one or two passes, I’m OK with that. It’s just all about what kind of shot you’re getting.”
With Durant sidelined with a left hamstring strain, the Thunder listed Kyle Singler in its media game notes as the probable starter Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, but head coach Billy Donovan didn’t commit to Singler getting the start at small forward. “Not yet right now. I’m gonna look at that, watch Philly a little bit more, see their lineups and look at some of those things,” Donovan said when asked who would slot into the starting lineup for Durant. “We’ve certainly got options with Dion (Waiters), with Kyle (Singler), with A-Mo (Anthony Morrow). That’s the luxury of that. We’ve got to look at how we sub, the next unit coming in off the bench, how those units work together and what kind of chemistry and balance we’d have with both of those teams.”
Donovan on his former player and current Bull Joakim Noah: “A lot of people see the floppy hair and the chest-bumping and the passion, but I don’t think people a lot of times get to see him in a locker room. He’s one of the greatest teammates that I’ve ever had a chance to coach.”
Q: What is it going to be like for you facing Donovan in the NBA? Joakim Noah: I just know I’m going to want to win really bad. Not because I’m playing against Coach Donovan; I love Coach Donovan, obviously. He’s like a father figure to me. Somebody that I’ve gone through a lot with. My time with him as a coach was the best time of my life, and it was a lot more than just basketball.
Q: What do you think you learned most from him? Joakim Noah: I think Coach Donovan is somebody who cares about his players, but really cares about his guys. I know that if something ever happened to me, I know that he would be there for me, and that’s a great feeling. I always felt like it was more than basketball with Coach Donovan. He’s the best coach that I ever had. I got nothing but love for him. I have nothing bad to say about him. I think that he’s somebody who has great balance in his life … we’re very similar in a lot of ways in terms of competitiveness. But very different, as well. I love the guy.