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Bill Self open to NBA opportunities in the future
According to Michael Baldwin of The Oklahoman, Kansas coach Bill Self would be open to coaching in the NBA one day.
Self hasn’t seriously contemplated leaving the Jayhawks in the past but wouldn’t necessarily close the door on an opportunity to coach at the next level in the future.
“It hasn’t really tempted me because I haven’t had that many people talk to me about it,” Self said. “But at some point and time, sure, I think it would (tempt me). It would be great to be able to match wits with the best athletes in the world, but I’m certainly happy where I’m at.”
The news comes as a bit of a surprise to most as Self just signed a 10 year extension with Kansas last fall. Under his current contract, Self is slotted to make just over $47 million over the next nine years. As he admits, leaving his comfortable situation would be extremely hard to do.
“I’m not saying I never would (coach in the NBA) but I’m locked in.
“I love it at Kansas, and they love basketball there. I’ve been very fortunate to coach at such a tradition-rich place.”
Chris Paul says Griffin will have to lead Clippers
When Chris Paul agreed to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, he did so with the belief that Blake Griffin would have to take the next step in his development if the team was to become a legitimate championship contender.
Today, Paul told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that the Clippers will only go as far as Griffin can lead them:
“Blake is one of those guys, where his age has nothing to do with anything,” Paul said. “People may say he’s a young guy, but he’s been special in this league, he’s been an All-Star. His voice carries a lot of weight and I think our team will definitely go as Blake goes.”
In a way, Paul is publicly relaying leadership responsibilities to Griffin.
While Paul admits that living in Los Angeles has its perks off of the court, the superstar point guard is adamant that his biggest concern right now is to win a championship.
“You know what, it’s fun and I have a great time trying to show my personality and things like that,” Paul said of his marketing opportunities in Los Angeles. “But at the end of the day, one thing I never do is let it take away from basketball. That’s my biggest focus, winning basketball games. That’s my first priority.”