Jay Wright admits the NBA may be in his future

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Now that he’s graduated from the college game, Jay Wright may be on his way to the pros.

Less than a week after retiring from Villanova because of what he considered to no longer have the “edge,” Wright admitted that if the NBA were to call, he would listen. Finally.

“Honestly, down the road, I would lie – I do not know what I’m going to feel,” Wright said of the possibility of eventually training in the NBA, via an appearance on ESPN’s Keyshawn, JWill & Max.

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Villanova NCAA college basketball head coach Jay Wright speaks at a press conference for the Basketball Hall of Fame in the Mohegan Sun on Friday, September 10, 2021 in Connecticut

Villanova NCAA college basketball head coach Jay Wright speaks at a press conference for the Basketball Hall of Fame in the Mohegan Sun on Friday, September 10, 2021 in Connecticut
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Wright has previously spent 21 seasons at Nova and won two national championships. He has turned down NBA offers before and after his retirement, and recently accepted an advisory role at Villanova.

When the hosts pressed on to deepen any potential NBA interest, Wright was non-committal, insisting nothing was imminent. “Not right now. It was something I’ve always thought about,” Wright told ESPN. “My experience with the Olympics scraped a little in that itch. … I kind of feel like I did it a little bit. And I loved training those guys.”

Villanova head coach Jay Wright is upset over a call during the first half of a college basketball game against Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 20, 2022.

Villanova head coach Jay Wright is upset over a call during the first half of a college basketball game against Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Pittsburgh, Sunday, March 20, 2022.
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As he avoided, Wright is not without NBA experience. In 2020, he was the assistant to Greg Popovich on the U.S. Olympic team that won gold. Among those assisted by Wright were superstars Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard.

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Villanova's head coach Jay Wright shouts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Providence on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 in Villanova, Pa.

Villanova’s head coach Jay Wright shouts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Providence on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 in Villanova, Pa.
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Before Wright can again consider coaching KD, Dame or a number of their peers, he reiterated that he needs some time away – and that he already has another job. “Right now, I definitely need a break,” Wright said Keyshawn, JWill & Max. “Right now I’m looking forward to this (special assistant) position at Villanova.”

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