There will be more than a few coaching jobs open after the season and names such as Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Nate McMillan, Mike D’Antoni and Jeff Van Gundy will be tied to each opening throughout the summer.
Now you can add one more name to that list.
Calipari may not be interested in the NBA, but the NBA will surely be interested in him.
For one, I don’t believe they will be pursuing him that aggressively.
With Mike Woodson doing a good job as interim coach in the Big Apple, it will be almost impossible for New York to not seriously consider removing the interim label from Woodson.
If they don’t go that route, New York would almost target a coach that has had NBA success. Phil Jackson’s name is always mentioned in New York, so despite his success in the college ranks, Calipari wouldn’t be that high on their list.
Calipari, who’s said repeatedly that he’s happy at Kentucky and has no interest in the NBA.
I’m not going anywhere. I have the best job in the country. Why would I leave after we’ve just won a national title? We’re trying to catch UCLA, folks. I have been blessed. I’ve got more money than I’m ever going to need or my family can spend, so I don’t have to make a decision based on finances.
It’s never easy to take any coach on their word, but it doesn’t make much sense for Calipari to pursue any NBA job, even one as promising as the Knicks.
In Kentucky, he has the best job in college basketball and makes very good money. He gets any player he wants and he gets to be a coach instead of a babysitter.
Look at how the Knicks players basically forced Mike D’Antoni out of the Big Apple, and look around the league at how superstars like Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum act on a daily basis.
Why would Calipari jeopardize what he has right now for that?
At Kentucky, he can compete for a championship almost every season and the inmates don’t run the asylum in Lexington like they do in the NBA.
While it may be a goal of his to pursue other challenges as a coach, and while New York’s a great job for a coach to have right now, the Knicks won’t have any success getting Calipari out of Lexington.