Amid the uncertainty surrounding his Kansas basketball program with potential NCAA sanctions coming, Bill Self NBA rumors have heated up over the last few months. The team that he is most often connected to is the San Antonio Spurs.
Legendary Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is definitely near the end of his career. It seems unlikely that he wants to oversee a full rebuild, after Kawhi Leonard’s departure a few years ago knocked the franchise out of real Western Conference contention. Throw in the departure of Tony Parker, and retirements of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and the team has had wild turnover over the last few seasons. They’re currently 25-34 and four games out of the eighth seed, at 12th place in the Western Conference.
Earlier this year, ESPN’s Seth Greenberg flatly predicted Self to San Antonio. On an episode of Get Up!, he cited the connections to the franchise that Self already has, stating that he could make a “seamless transition,” if Popovich wants to move into a front office role. Self is close with Spurs CEO R.C. Buford. They are college classmates from Oklahoma State and Buford was one of the groomsmen in Self’s wedding.
Self has continually shot down any rumors about him taking over down in San Antonio. He did so once again today, speaking to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman and Rob Dauster. It doesn’t get much more definitive than this quote. Self says he will not be the team’s next head coach.
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
Gregg Popovich and the Spurs hammered out a new three-year deal after the 2019 season. However, at the time it was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it was believed that he would take things year-to-year.
If he does step down at season’s end, it will be hard for Bill Self to get away from the rumors, until someone takes that job.
Wherever San Antonio goes in the future, the Spurs should be one of the more coveted jobs in the NBA, even with the team’s recent struggles.