Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 3:50 pm  |  9 responses

John Calipari Says He’s Not Leaving Kentucky to Coach in the NBA

Even before Kentucky won the national title, there were whispers in the media that John Calipari could be jumping ship to the NBA next season. With rumors swirling that the New York Knicks’ head coaching job was basically his for the taking, Calipari said that he’s not going anywhere. From ESPN: “Kentucky coach John Calipari said Wednesday he isn’t going to coach the New York Knicks or any other NBA franchise for the foreseeable future. ‘Kentucky is the best job in basketball coaching,’ Calipari said. ‘Why would I leave? We just won the national title. We’re chasing UCLA.’ Kentucky’s title win over Kansas on Monday night in New Orleans gave the school eight national men’s basketball titles, three short of UCLA’s all-time record of 11. Calipari said no NBA team has contacted him about an opening, including the Knicks, which are being coached by Mike Woodson on an interim basis after Mike D’Antoni was fired. Calipari coached the New Jersey Nets for three seasons after he took UMass to the Final Four in 1996. He was fired by the Nets 20 games into his third season, in 1998-99. He then worked as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers for one season before he coached Memphis for nine seasons, taking the Tigers to the national title game in 2008. ‘All of those teams know I’m not doing anything,’ Calipari said. ‘I’m not changing. I’m going to continue to see my friends who coach in the NBA and see my former players who play in the NBA. I’m going to continue to go to game’ […] ‘No one is stealing our joy,’ Calipari said. ‘I’ve made statements that I’ve got the best job in basketball and I’m not going to change my lifestyle. I’m not leaving.’”

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  • bike

    He would probably be more receptive to coaching the Knicks if he could trade in one group of superstars for a fresh crop of superstars each season.
    Just like he does at Kentucky.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Why should he? The guy coaches future NBA players every year.

  • LA Huey

    Why do that when you’ve got the job security and all the clout being a successful coach for amateurs?

  • abaci

    Yep, yep, and yep

  • http://www.slamonline.com the_unknown

    He gets the top player at every position every year and they’re always in contention for the championship, he would be a fool to leave.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    At least until they find out how much they were paying the players. He’s had a history of being corrupt just saying.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    T-Ray: Coach Cal has never been accused of being corrupt by the NCAA. The UMass thing was because Marcus Camby took money from an agent, The Memphis penalty was because there were questions about Rose’s SAT scores that he took while he was still in HIGH SCHOOL. Tell me how Coach Cal had anything to do with either one of those situations.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    I’m just a bitter Louisville fan lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    Oh I feel you T-Ray