Jay Wright Leaves Door Open On Coaching In NBA

Former Villanova coach Jay Wright retired last week, but apparently, he only retired from college coaching.Jay Wright

After all, Wright admitted he would listen if the NBA came calling.

“Honestly, down the road, I’d be lying — I don’t know what I’m going to feel like,” Wright said of possibly coaching in the NBA in an appearance on ESPN’s Keyshawn, JWill & Max, via Anthony Farris of OutKick.

Wright coached Villanova for 21 years, winning two NCAA championships. During that run, he rebuffed some NBA overtures. But now, it seems, he would at least discuss.

Wright, 60, did admit that joining the NBA isn’t likely to come next season, however.

“Not right now. That was something I always thought about,” Wright told ESPN. “My experience with the Olympics kind of scratched that itch. … I kind of feel like I did it a little bit. And I loved coaching those guys.”

For now, he could use some time off.

“Right now I definitely need a break,” Wright said. “Right now, I’m looking forward to this (special assistant) position at Villanova.”

The Lakers, Hornets and Kings currently have coaching vacancies.

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