Grizzlies Reportedly Interested in Hiring Kentucky’s John Calipari

by May 20, 2014

With uncertainty surrounding Memphis’ front office, Grizzlies head coach David Joerger may be on his way out. While Joerger currently holds the job, Memphis reportedly is already looking for a new skipper. One of the names that the team is reportedly very interested in filling the potential vacancy is Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Coach Cal is fresh off of leading Kentucky to the NCAA Championship game last season. Via ProBasketballTalk:

It might be difficult for him to convince an NBA team to take him, considering how bad the Nets were under his watch and how much his college teams rely on a talent advantage. But the Grizzlies just might be crazy enough to do it. They’re crazy enough to do everything else they’ve done this week.


Calipari has ties to the city, previously coaching the University of Memphis. The Grizzlies also have a roster full of talented veterans who might react well to Calipari’s style.


I don’t think Calipari is an NBA-caliber head coach, but as far as attainable jobs, this might be the best he gets. If he wants another chance in the NBA – even though he has a strong team in place at Kentucky next season – this might be his best opportunity to jump.