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Florida coach Billy Donovan says he spoke to NBA teams but is happy where he’s at

Billy Donovan

Billy Donovan

Eric Gay

A few NBA teams with coaching vacancies — we’re looking at you, Cleveland Cavaliers — are looking hard at college coaches who could make the jump to the Association.

If you’re doing that, Florida coach Billy Donovan needs to be on your list. He has the Xs and Os chops and he can motivate. He’s a good coach, not just a recruiter.

Donovan told the Associated Press that he did get some calls, but he’s not moving on.

Well, at least yet. He’s intrigued.
Here are his expanded comments to the Associated Press.

“I got into coaching because of the basketball piece of it, and there is an intrigue as it relates to (the NBA),” Donovan, who led Florida to two national championships, said. “When you try to project where your future is, where you’re going to be, and you don’t know because I don’t have a crystal ball, all I can say is I am happy here at Florida. I love being here.

“The NBA part of it, the intrigue part of it for me, is just the fact that it’s basketball 24 hours a day. That’s all you’re dealing with is basketball.”

Donovan just led the Florida Gators back to the Final Four, he’s in a good spot. When a coach is in one of those elite college jobs where they are making good money and are comfortable they only reason they leave is the itch for the NBA (or a shakeup at the school). And even then they can be picky about the job they take.

Donovan sounds like he has that itch. He’s just not ready to scratch it.