Jay Wright: NBA intrigues me, but I’m staying at Villanova

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Villanova’s Jay Wright is the hot name in NBA coaching searches. Brad Stevens’ success with the Celtics has opened the door for college coaches, and Wright looks like he could translate. His offense spaces the floor at an NBA level. He gets his players – often undersized in order to maximize offensive skill on the floor – to defend effectively by taking advantage of their versatility and provoking toughness. His record of player development is strong.

But good luck luring him.

Wright, in a Q&A with Dana O’Neil of The Athletic:

Wright openly discussed his NBA ambitions. I doubt Villanova fans would loathe him if he pursued those.

But he didn’t have to put this so bluntly. “I’m staying.” That didn’t leave much wiggle room and would only generate backlash if he left now.

It’s possible Wright got ahead of himself in this interview. More likely, he already thoughtfully considered his options then reached this conclusion.

In a perfectly Knicks twist, Wright’s interview coincides with this report.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

The Knicks intend to contact Villanova’s Jay Wright about their head coaching vacancy, the Daily News has learned.

I suppose there’s no harm in trying.