Jay Wright’s Not Coaching The Knicks

I’m hungover.

That’s what happens when your live podcast slash Flyers game watch turns into a celebration of sport (Flyers notwithstanding) as the Sixers dismantle Mallory Edens’ team and the Phillies walk it off in FUN fashion as you sip Bulleit bourbon and muddled fruit drinks all night.*

*Bulleit is about as run-of-the-mill bourbon as you can get, but it makes a fine sipper on the rocks or with a mixer, even if it doesn’t compare to the Elijah Craig barrel picks and Jefferson’s that frequent my Glencairns.

Anyway, imagine shaking that off and waking up to a headline that the Knicks (LOL!) are targeting Jay Wright. Bleh.

Jay’s not going anywhere, certainly not to the Knicks.

This article gets written every year, with a struggling NBA team leaking Jay’s handsome name to the media to get some attention and throw a feeler his way. That’s not to be confused with the annual column version that’s written by some old hardened media type who knows of no other motivating force in coaching than money. Bob Ford already wrote that one for 2018, when he laughably, and fully baselessly, speculated that Jay could leave for the NBA or, even more ludicrously, another university. Yeah, Jay Wright has turned Villanova into the premier team in college basketball and has built a program in his likeness, one which has enabled him to construct a practice facility and renovate the home arena, but he’s going to jet to a better school, like the ones he trounces every year in the tournament. Good take, Bob.

Fact is, Jay has admitted to being interested in an NBA job, so the notion that he would take one isn’t crazy. But that doesn’t mean he will. Here’s what he told The Athletic, presumably behind a paywall but presented to you for free here:

“The NBA does intrigue me,” Wright told The Athletic. “That challenge is appealing, but it’s not worth giving up working with these guys. The whole thing is, to take a new challenge you have to give up what you have. I don’t want to give up what I have. Would I like to coach in the NBA? Yes. But I have to give this up in order to do that, and I don’t see that happening.”

And there it is. Besides being successful, ridiculously good-looking, and winning, Jay has so much control where he’s at. He’s the most powerful person ever at Villanova. No one tells him what to do. He gets to run the program his way, and it’s working. You give that up in the NBA, where you have multiple bosses and a more urgent expectation to win, never mind that pros would never put up with Jay’s curfews, cell phone lockdowns, and thought-policing the way hungry and humble college kids, hand-selected by Jay, do.

So, the offer would have to be perfect.

Before the Sixers finished the season on a tear and solidified Brett Brown’s job for their next two championships, one could argue that the Sixers job could have presented just that scenario. They are young, play a wide open, three-point system familiar to Jay, and are run by two Villanova guys (Scott O’Neil and Chris Heck) and the Colangelos, one of whom (Jerry) has deep ties to USA Basketball, for which Jay has been a coach, and was sitting behind Villanova’s bench during the National Championship. That would’ve been the team. But not now– it’s Brown’s job.

The Lakers? Maybe. Jay would look the part and, I suspect, be intoxicated by the Hollywood thing.


The Knicks? No. That organization is a mess, and regardless of how much respect Jay has for the team, arena and city, leaving his gig at Villanova to go to that coach-killer would be a very poor decision. And while this is going on, Jay is in Rome meeting with the Pope:

Jay will likely stay at Villanova, find other ways to supplement his relatively low salary with camps, speaking gigs and endorsements, and become one of the most famous basketball coaches of all-time by cementing Villanova as a national powerhouse. And how might he scratch that pro itch? By coaching the men’s olympic team after Coach K steps town. That’s my bet. But what do I know?

He’s not coaching the Knicks.


20 Responses

  1. Would be a smart move. I mean the guy could have never imagined the success he would have at a tiny school and to even glean mild interest from an NBA team is astounding. Factor in the proximity of New York and it being a storied franchise and you might as well help pack his bags for him. Nova is cute and all but come on Kyle..

    1. I Sell Fake Dogs Shirt And Pocket The Money Whilst Lane Johnson And The NFL Donated Their Dog Shirt Money To Children Charity says:

      Kyle just generated anotehr 12 clicks with this article.
      now he only needs 2499988 clicks left to get to his stated 2.5 million clicks per month
      that he tells advertisers he gets.

    2. Jay Wright is a pussy like Paterno if he never coaches grown ass men.

      1. funny how you seem to know a lot about grown men’s asses.
        stay away from me cakeboy.

    1. Yeah..its was canceled.
      cuz died in a horrific toilet accident lat last night.
      it involved alcohol, a squeegee and a couple of fat black hookers

  2. You are the fucking man Kyle Scott. Can you write a post to teach us all how to be like you? Sipping on bourbon and having a hangover, you sure are living the life.

    1. I don’t think he sipped anything.
      more like chugging.
      he has to sip on something to wash that ‘taste’ out of his mouth……………..

  3. The guy who predicted that Ed Snider drinks a ‘fine malbec’ is now giving whiskey advice. Glorious

  4. I go straight to the comments….Even though its not what it used to be, still more interesting then the articles.

  5. Ah yes, Kyle quoting The A T H L E T I C. I guess sports radio didn’t provide any compelling talking points for Kyle to borrow today.

    Hey Kyle, do I need to be a CB subscriber to access more of this fascinating reporting?

    1. Your missing out on the discount on those fake 8$ shirts he sells.
      IF you were a subscriber, you could get them for an even lower price of 25$.

  6. After i tabulated the ‘comments’ statistics, i came up with the following:

    o) 97% of the comments were posted by people that don’t read the articles
    o) All of the leslie gudel articles that kyle promised amounted to .0043 percent of the articles for the year.

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