Billy Donovan Rumors
With his baseball program mired in its worst slump in five years, Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan wanted a different voice to talk to his players. Thumbing through his phone, one name stood out: Former Gators basketball coach Billy Donovan.
The Oklahoma City Thunder coach delivered a clear message about dealing with adversity. Donovan used an example from his time in Gainesville, when the defending national champion Gators dropped three of four down the stretch in 2007 — all by double digits — and then regrouped in the postseason by winning 10 straight and the second of back-to-back titles. “I thought there were a lot of similarities,” O’Sullivan said. “I think he was really helpful.”
Several Thunder players spoke highly of Donovan on Saturday. George, of course, is a free agent and could make the coaching decision himself. Telling Presti he would stay if Donovan stays or goes would seal the decision. Such is life in the NBA. But George doesn’t seem to be the kind of guy who wants that kind of responsibility. Most of us wouldn’t want that kind of responsibility.