Let the rumors begin. Supposedly the NBA is after John Calipari again. This won’t be the last time we hear this during the off season.
John Calipari coming back to the NBA to coach? Perhaps. Calipari recently left the distinct impression that, although he is recruiting and conducting business, as usual, as Kentucky’s basketball coach, he “wants back in,” according to a source. Calipari has never gotten over how he was fired by the Nets 20 games into the 1999 lockout season. He was dismissed by one of the owners, Lewis Katz, only a couple of hours after a loss in Miami that dropped the Nets’ record to 3-17. As the team was on the tarmac, preparing to board its charter flight, Katz told Calipari, “You’re not going to Toronto, John.” Calipari’s stock has risen in recent seasons among more than a few GMs, and he’s got close ties to William (Wes’) Wesley, the CAA powerbroker who has an in with several teams, including Miami, via CAA clients, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and the Knicks, with Anthony, another CAA’er.
Let me just say this, Calipari would make a HORRIBLE NBA coach. He does a good job working with 18 year old kids, but it would just be a replay of his time with the Nets when he starts dealing with established egos. Therefore, Calipari should just stay the coach at Kentucky for the next 20 years.