Kansas Jayhawks Coach Bill Self Reiterates He Won’t Replace Popovich
Bill Self is on the record that he has no plans on being the eventual successor in San Antonio.
After once again dismissing rumours that he could be eying an exit from the University of Kansas, Self’s name begun to surface as a potential replacement for San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich. Self refuted the claim.
“Well, yes and no because I don’t hear about it much at all because I know there is absolutely zero truth to it,” Self said when asked about the Spurs’ connections. “If I know anybody, I probably know R.C. Buford. He showed me around (during) my recruiting visits to Oklahoma State, he was responsible for getting me up here primarily as a graduate assistant at Kansas, I lived with him for a year, he was in my wedding and I was in his wedding, his son played for me, my son now works for him. I think I know ‘Boof’ pretty well. And I will promise you, this has never been broached one time, never even discussed at all.”
Praised as one of the great college coaches of his era, it seems like Bill Self is reluctant to make the leap to the NBA at this time.
“People may say whatever because we [Self and Buford] are buddies, which we are, and proud of that,” continued Self. “But I am not going to be the next coach of the San Antonio Spurs, nor would he want me to be. I mean, they got arguably the greatest coach of all time that still has got a lot of gas in the tank. So, that is a rumour I know some people have said, but that is a pretty ridiculous one right there.”
Tim Duncan showed some potential as replacement head coach, while team assistant Becky Hammon has received multiple interviews for head coaching vacancies over the past two offseasons.