Says Gary Parrish of CBS Sports:
NBA coaches don’t travel the country evaluating prospects they’ll never actually coach.
They don’t text and FaceTime with teenagers. They’re not responsible for making sure anybody attends class. They’re not compelled to chit-chat with wealthy donors. They don’t have to work 12 months a year.
In fact, when the NBA season is over, in normal times, most coaches can disappear for weeks, if not longer. It’s just a much less-demanding lifestyle, one I know some coaches find appealing. In his first year after leaving Butler for the Boston Celtics, I remember Brad Stevens telling me that he hated the losing he was enduring thanks to a rebuild, but that he enjoyed the fact that all he was really required to do is watch film and coach.
I know Billy Donovan (above with Wright) also didn’t mind giving up a lot of his non-basketball responsibilities when he left Florida to coach the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Is that what Jay Wright also desires?
I’m not sure.
But if he is presented with the opportunity to coach an NBA franchise with two young All-Stars located 32 miles from where he went to high school, and just 24 miles from where he currently works, I can understand why he might be compelled to listen and maybe even do it.
Ultimately, it wouldn’t necessarily be about picking between the Villanova job and the 76ers job as much as it could be about picking between the college lifestyle and the NBA lifestyle.
And though I won’t try to tell Jay Wright which one he should prefer, what I do know is what Brad Stevens and Billy Donovan would tell him is more enjoyable if he’s at all grown tired of the non-basketball stuff that goes hand-in-hand with coaching at the collegiate level.