Billy Donovan Rumors

Presti said Wednesday the condensed off-season – the NBA Finals are scheduled to end in October, with next season starting in December – won’t change his gameplan. Presti said he won’t discuss a new Donovan contract while in Orlando. “Our hope is that we will have those conversations when the year is over,” Presti said. “Nothing’s changed with that. We’ve always been ones to kind of take care of the things that are in front of us. Then when we get to the end of the year, we’ll sit down and figure out what’s best for him, what’s best for us.”
Vogel was also asked who he would vote for Coach of the Year, if he couldn’t vote for himself, and crossed lines on the Lakers-Boston Celtics rivalry to cast his ballot. “I think so many people have done great jobs,” he said. “Obviously coach Bud (Mike Budenholzer) and coach (Nick) Nurse out east, doing what they’ve done has been very impressive,” Vogel said. “‘Billy the Kid’ (Billy Donovan) in OKC — with a team that didn’t necessarily have high expectations — has done a great job. Taylor Jenkins has done a great job in Memphis. But why don’t I give it to my former Indiana buddy Brad Stevens for doing a great job losing Kyrie Irving and a few others? Al Horford changing the whole identity of their team and having a great season. I would probably vote for Brad.”
It goes back to a time when a 17-year-old Jaylen Brown was a member of USA Basketball’s Under-18 team, coached by Billy Donovan. A question about coaching influences took Brown there, and a significant part of his past came bubbling out. “I played on that team, and I was like one of the best players — I probably WAS the best player there,” said Brown. “For some reason he wasn’t trying to play me, and I was trying to figure it out, because I was killing everybody in practice. We were beating everyone by 50, so it didn’t matter, we were going to win the gold medal. But I wanted to play, still. I didn’t care. I didn’t want to watch. I wanted to play.”
“He told me he wasn’t playing me because he said I didn’t play hard,” said Brown. “I said ‘what do you mean, I’ve been cooking everybody.’ And he told me you’re only going to be in the league for three years because you don’t play hard. And instantly I was emotional. I was 17 years old. I was like, ‘what do you mean? I’m the best player here. I’m cooking everybody.’ I was so mad I was crying. But I think Billy Donovan had a big impact on my drive for sure. I’m in the NBA now, and hopefully I have a couple more years now to go, so we’ll see.”
Billy Donovan sympathized with bigs who are forced to play inside in college and will never do it in the pros. Udonis Haslem, who Donovan coached, had that experience before joining the Heat and rarely posting-up. His former staff agreed the G-League rules are better suited to develop players for the NBA. “It’s not like any college coach is a bad developer of talent,” he said. “The game is just different.”
“This is the dilemma,” Donovan said alongside his former assistants. “When I see games, when was the last time you really saw, besides the really elite players in the NBA, post-up? There’s no post-up game, because of a narrower lane and because in the college game you can play in the low post. I think until we become unified in the rules, where the court dimensions and everything are the same, it’s different.”
Fortunately, an OKC official was close enough to Donnie Strack, the Thunder’s Vice President of Human and Player Performance, to get his attention. Get the refs, Strack was told. Tell them to stop the tipoff. As Strack ran onto the court, Rob Hennigan, OKC’s VP of Insight and Foresight, started corralling the Thunder’s players and coaches. He then joined the huddle near midcourt with Strack and the referees – crew chief Pat Fraher, Mark Lindsay and Ben Taylor. The officials soon called over the respective head coaches, Quin Snyder and Billy Donovan. Seconds later, they contacted the NBA, through its Digital Operations Center, where the league monitors every game played. Usually, the biggest issue on a given night at the DOC is to help referees determine whether or not to instant replay. This was different.