Latest NBA rumor regarding KU coach Bill Self involves the Chicago Bulls; Believe it at your own risk


Kansas head coach Bill Self rips into an official during the second half, Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas head coach Bill Self rips into an official during the second half, Thursday, March 14, 2019 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. by Nick Krug

There’s a rumor out there that Kansas coach Bill Self will be leaving KU after the 2018-19 season to coach the Chicago Bulls next season and it’s at least worth addressing.

But not because I think it’s rock solid or have heard it anywhere else. More because the way the rumor came out was so comical that I can’t get through the night without calling that out.

Brandon Lang, a gambling analyst with his own website ( and a flare for the dramatic, was on NBC Sports Radio on Thursday breaking down the lines for a few college basketball games, when he jumped in to tell host Tim Murray his big news about Self’s future.

“I’ll throw (out) the biggest rumor mill (information) that I found out today from a very reliable source, that Bill Self will be leaving Kansas at the end of the year to become the head coach of the Chicago Bulls,” Lang said. “Brandon Lang is pulling an Adam Schefter, breaking that story on every radio show right now. You heard it here first: Bill Self saying thank you Kansas. We won 14 straight Big 12 championships, it came to an end, it’s time for me to move on and go coach the Chicago Bulls. You heard that first right here. Brandon Lang, March 14, 2019.”

If you’re so inclined to listen and judge for yourself the validity of Mr. Lang’s claim, that quote, and the banter that followed, is in the embedded Tweet below, starting at the 2:54 mark.

OK. Now normally I don’t post all of these types of rumors because they can run rampant and also can create more buzz and panic than they deserve. But I chose to address this one for a couple of reasons.

One: I’ve already had a ton of people ask me about it and I always want to do my best to provide some kind of information. Self’s a little busy right now, but we can ask him about it later tonight.

Two: I could not leave it alone when I heard Mr. Lang twice mention his own name in the quote while also drawing the comparison between him and NFL Insider Adam Schefter, who has literally broken hundreds of player and coaching moves during his career.

Maybe the guy knows something the rest of us don’t. Maybe he’ll be proven right and get the last laugh.

After all, it’s not a huge reach to think of Self someday making the jump to the NBA, nor is this the first time anybody has talked about it. What’s funny, though, is the timing of it all. Self was just asked about the NBA a week or so ago by college hoops analyst Jeff Goodman on Goodman’s podcast and although he said he’d be lying if he said he had never thought about the challenge the NBA presents, he also painted a pretty clear picture that he still liked his current gig at Kansas.

Take it or leave it. Consider the source. Panic if you want. But I’d probably just kick back and enjoy the next few weeks of basketball if I were you.

None by NBC Sports Radio


Michael Maris 1 year, 10 months ago

Then, Kansas hires the Mayor of Ames. Iowa?

Edward Daub 1 year, 10 months ago

Golly, I guess Fred Hoiberg ("The Mayor") was fired by the Chicago Bulls back in December. Jim Boylan (sp?) is the Interim Head Coach. Chicago Bulls are 19 and 51 and have been eliminated from playoff contention. They are awful. I would be shocked if Bill wants to go to the windy (and cold) city!

M.E. Fisher 1 year, 10 months ago

When you look up "fake news" in the encyclopedia, you see a photo of Brandon Lang.

Edward Daub 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks! Never heard of him until now.

By the way, it is Jim Boylen coaching the Bulls. He and Doc Rivers were tossed from an NBA game the other night. Believe it or not, there is also a Jim Boylan who used to coach the Bulls and other NBA teams! A Jim Boylen and a Jim Boylan , very interesting.

Steve Hillyer 1 year, 10 months ago

No way I see Self leaving KU for the Bulls, now the Spurs on the other I can see. At the beginning of the current season Pop said he wasn’t sure if he was going to coach after this season, if he does indeed retire I can definitely see Self taking that job.

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