Billy Donovan and Thunder part ways

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That would be rather interesting. Who would get Kansas then?
I always thought Danny Manning might end up back there, but he's struggled at Wake forest. They would probably go after an established coach like Gregg Marshall or Chris Beard.

I bet that Bill Self stays at KU, but it would be cool to see him coach the Thunder though.
 
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What's the status of the the NCAA violations against Kansas. Would that be a deciding factor if Self leaves or not?
Everything is still pending. There are several schools waiting for the NCAA to rule on their cases. I think that the pandemic has slowed down the investigations.

Self will probably end up staying at KU, but this would be the optimal time to leave if he ever planned to try coaching in the NBA.
 

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Billy Donovan did a helluva job this year. It also helped that he had an actual point guard in Chris Paul this year. It's a shame they are both leaving.

Russell Westbrook is one of the most talented players in the NBA, but was horrible at running an offense.

If I'm the Thunder, I take long looks at Dwayne Casey, Derek Fisher and Eric Musselman.
 
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College ball provides "blue chip" schools like Kansas a massive advantage over their competition. Bill Self in the NBA could end up like Nick Saban's abbreviate career at the Miami Dolphins. The playing field was leveled and suddenly, without a MASSIVE talent advantage, Saban didn't look like a coaching genius. (He literally quit his NFL coaching job midseason, I believe)

Self might be good on the next level, but I certainly understand why a college coach who gets the cream of the talent crop every year, might balk at developing an NBA team with a salary cap.