NBA: Billy Donovan new coach of the Thunder
The Thunder finally chose Billy Donovan as its new coach. It was a choice that sounded louder along with Kevin Ollie, although as former franchise player and former teammate Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had many ballots in his favor, the exit clause prohitiva out of the U- Conn played against.
So, let’s learn a little this technician about to turn 50 will premiere as a coach in the NBA. Back, after this step, it will leave an important career in the NCAA, where he excelled as a player and especially as a coach. He sat on the bench soon after leaving the basketball 24 years after finding space in the NBA as an assistant to Rick Pitino.
As head coach made the leap in 1994, first at the University of Marshall and two years later in Florida. With the Gators went on to win two titles in the NCAA in 2006 and 2007. Under his mantle have passed players like Udonis Haslem, Jason Williams, Chandler Parsons, Al Horford, Joaquim Noah, Mike Miller, Matt Bonner, Corey Brewer, Bradley Beal or David Lee. And no one speaks ill of Donovan, I must say.
Just after winning two titles he got the opportunity to coach in the NBA. The Orlando Magic were interested in him and even came to sign a five-year contract. It was never entirely clear why they finally decided not meet Donovan himself. He threw back. As “punishment”, they forced him not to leave Florida for five years. But that’s over.
And now, it seems that definitely Donovan makes the leap to the NBA, where he expects a difficult role as a substitute for Scott Brooks. Although the technician has rained much criticism, he has left the bar quite high , up to a height in which the following is required is definitely win the ring , the last leap in quality that can give the team with a future uncertain.
And it is the subject of the contract of Kevin Durant . Will be crucial the role of the coach to convince the star of the team to follow in Oklahoma City, they should renew and not hear the siren of the many suitors will have. If unsuccessful, the following scenario would save the continuity of Westbrook , it is said that he would ask the transfer if the ’35’ at the end does not follow.
Presti saw that Brooks had stalled , it was not able to bring new ideas, and so he thought he needed a change. It has therefore opted for Donovan, a man who seems capable of such change . At least the Gators offensive game was different from what was seen in the Thunders. Another thing already is if he can or dare to implement those changes.