Yahoo has a story that John Calipari is “intrigued” by the Chicago Bulls job and would listen to a pitch. Sure, Calipari is going to be rumored to be tied to any high profile openings in the college or NBA. But what makes this worse is the mention in the article that Calipari hasn’t meshed with the athletic department the last year. I’m guessing has something to do with Calipari promoting himself and possibly his guests at UK home games
What makes it even worse are these tweets by Calipari:
Throughout my career I’ve been mentioned for other jobs. Now that I’m here u won’t hear about other colleges because I’ve got the best job.
I don’t believe he would go to another college job. He’s a perfect fit of Kentucky and Kentucky is a perfect fit for him. Where would he go? But, the second tweet is the most troublesome.
Every year you will hear my named mentioned for NBA jobs because I coached in the league before. I’m very happy at Kentucky
Yes, Calipari says he’s happy at Kentucky. And I’m sure he is. But that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be happier someplace else, like Chicago. Heck, he was there not long ago to watch Rose play:
I’m sure that doesn’t mean anything. One shouldn’t read too much into the situation. But if he’s so happy at Kentucky and trying to kill the rumors, just come out and say, “I am not interested in the Chicago job, any other NBA job, or any college job. I am going to be coach for the University of Kentucky for the extent of my contract.”
However, we all know Calipari will never say these things. He’s had ample opportunity in the past (when at Memphis and the Nets job) but he took the politically correct, “coach speak” approach. As long as there are jobs open in the NBA, Calipari will be tied to them. As long as he is tied to them, there’s a good chance he will eventually take one. But to take a job after only one year would be a pretty lousy move on the part of Calipari and would leave a bad taste in the collective mouths of UK fans.
I guess now we have the Terrence Jones situation to keep an eye on as well as the Calipari situation. This is proving to be an interesting off season.