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Calipari is happy for Billy Donovan’s success

In a story from Mike DeCourcy over at the Sporting News, John Calipari says he is happy for Billy Donovan and Donovan’s instant success in the NBA.

“He’s a great guy, it’s a great opportunity and he’s taking advantage,” Calipari told the website. “I’m happy for him.”

Cal believes Donovan’s past at Florida, when the Gators won back-to-back titles in ’06 and ’07, helped build him up for what he’s going through now, in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.

“Don’t think that doesn’t help him as far as the pressure or the squeeze or whatever you want to say,” he said. “He’s been through it, and I don’t think he looks overwhelmed by any of it.”

What Donovan is doing will open the door for more college coaches to try their hand in the league. The NBA is all about copying whatever works, so get ready to see a wave of NCAA coaches following Donovan’s path. He has made the NBA forget about the failures of Cal and Pitino back when they first tried the jump.

For more on Donovan and some love from college coaches, read DeCourcy’s story here.

On that note, go Warriors tonight. (Eat, Steph. Eat.)

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for Calipari is happy for Billy Donovan’s success

  1. tlwood43
    1:53 pm May 30, 2016 Permalink

    The #1 factor in the success or failure of new coaches in the NBA (actually all coaches in the NBA) is the players on the roster. Neither Cal nor Pitino ever had a duo the likes of Durant and Westbrook (The maturation of Westbrook this season has REALLY helped. I think/hope Billy D. has had something to do with that). Donovan is great, but he chose to take a great situation, much better than what most rookie NBA coaches get to experience, (See also: Ty Lue.)

  2. sharpshooter62
    2:12 pm May 30, 2016 Permalink

    Donovan walked into a playoff ready built team. Most good coaches would be doing the same with the Thunder.

  3. onsides
    2:56 pm May 30, 2016 Permalink

    I’m rooting for the Okc although i wouldn’t bet on them. Enes. Former UK assistant/SEC God coaching the Thunder plus Nazr freaking awesome Mohammed rides the Bench!

  4. Jiminy Crickets
    3:04 pm May 30, 2016 Permalink

    One MUST know that Donovan is virtually a lock to take over the UL head coaching position if/when Pitino leaves. His success in the NBA will make him very dangerous in recruting circles. Go Warriors.

    I also agree Donovan took the job of the 3rd best team in the West, and in the end he will finish 2nd. Not a revolutionary tale.

    10:19 pm May 30, 2016 Permalink

    I could win games with that roster! Lol Donavon is not going to the Scumbag program UL LMAO!!