Jabari Young: First convo I’ve had with an #NBA exec about post- Popovich #Spurs .. The name mentioned to keep an eye on: Jay Wright. Reasons: Has a relationship with Pop, would enter into a culture that would has his back & have time to build. Again, just a prediction. But it fits.
Jay Wright Rumors
Not so fast on Jay Wright coaching in the NBA. He told MaximBet on Wednesday that he wants to spend next season in his new position as assistant to the president at Villanova. After that, it’ll almost certainly be the NBA. This is news that will resonate throughout the Association’s coaching ranks, because Wright will be considered the No. 1 coaching candidate on the market when he is ready to get back to doing what he does best. “I want to take this year (to) work at VU – get a perspective on what’s next,” Wright wrote in a text to Maxim. One day earlier, he said he’d considered NBA coaching on the Keyshawn, J-Will and Max show.
Wright’s ties to the Philadelphia basketball scene would make him a natural for that position if Rivers lost his job, which we’ve seen happen more than once in the last few years. The second-biggest possibility is with the Brooklyn Nets, according to MaximBet who has them at +150, a testament to the lack of satisfaction that franchise has with Steve Nash after the team was swept out of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics despite having Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (and after having traded for Ben Simmons, who never played a single minute).
“He’s Mr. Villanova to all of us. You kind of have a feeling, but I was shocked. Everyone who saw that story texted me about it,” says Randy Foye, who was Wright’s first NBA player from the Villanova program and who still keeps in close contact with his former coach. “What I see him doing is going somewhere in a team president role where he could do both, build a team and be the coach. He could run a Fortune 500 company if he wanted to.”
Less than a week after retiring as head coach at Villanova, Jay Wright is leaving the door open to someday coaching in the NBA. Appearing Tuesday on ESPN’s Keyshawn, JWill & Max, Wright said that he’s not looking to coach right now, but said “I’d be lying” if he said he hadn’t thought about coaching in the NBA. “Not right now. That was something I always thought about,” Wright said of his NBA ambitions. “My experience with the Olympics kind of scratched that itch. … I kind of feel like I did it a little bit. And I loved coaching those guys.”
Wright was part of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s gold-medal-winning Team USA staff, a group that also included Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Boston Celtics coach Ime Udoka. “Right now I definitely need a break,” Wright said Tuesday. “Right now I’m looking forward to this [special assistant] position at Villanova. But honestly, down the road, I’d be lying — I don’t know what I’m going to feel like.” Wright announced last Wednesday that he was retiring after 21 seasons as men’s basketball coach at Villanova, a shocking move that came just weeks after he led the Wildcats to the Final Four.