Kansas’ Bill Self Responds To Spurs Coaching Job
Kansas head coach Bill Self recently responded to rumors of him being a candidate to be the next head coach of the San Antonio Spurs.
Although the Jayhawks look good with March Madness approaching, many are wondering if Self has his eyes on something grander.
Namely, supplanting Gregg Popovich as head coach of the Spurs.
It is no secret that Popovich is approaching the end of his run with San Antonio. The retirements of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker signaled the end was nigh.
For a brief second it looked like Popovich may have a second shot at a title with Kawhi Leonard, but obviously that relationship did not work out.
Currently, the Spurs are 25-34 and sit in 12th place in the Western Conference.
Bill Self on the Spurs speculation: “I’m not going to be the next coach of the San Antonio Spurs.” https://t.co/68pEmi368J
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 3, 2020
A few months ago, ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg predicted that Self would ultimately replace Popovich when it was all said and done. He described the move as a “seamless transition” in large part due to his close relationship with CEO R.C. Buford.
Buford and Self were roommates at Oklahoma State and Buford was a groomsman at Self’s wedding.
All that being said, Self has consistently expressed no interest in jumping ship to San Antonio.
This week, in a conversation with Stadium’s Jeff Goodman and Rob Dauster, he did it again in the strong terms to date.
“I’m not going to be the next coach of the San Antonio Spurs,” he said.
Popovich and San Antonio agreed to a three-year contract last year, but both parties seemed to do so with the understanding that Popovich was unlikely to serve out his full term.
When Popovich does ultimately step down, it appears Self will not be the guy to take his place.