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Free Agent Special: LeBron James, But Hold the John Calipari

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Matt StaffContributor IMay 17, 2010

When making a business decision in the NBA, current Kentucky head coach John Calipari should probably be left out of the equation, especially if morals, ethics, and values are a factor in your decision-making process.

The rumors and speculation over LeBron James’ upcoming decision will only grow in the coming weeks, but already he is being linked to Jay-Z, Worldwide Wes, and now Coach Cal.

Calipari landing in Chicago only as a tool to lure in James would be like renting a Ferrari for a first date eventually, the girl will see that you drive a Civic.

By then, she might actually like you, but now she knows you’ve lied to her, and the relationship is tarnished.

Calipari is this Ferrari, an expensive, but short-lived thrill ride that always ends badly for the driver.

We’ve read this book before.

A highly-touted, but not-so-highly-respected coach leaves a school or team for greener pastures, and a greener bank account.

However, Calipari has a trilogy of stories with this same plot.

The biggest question Bulls general manager Gar Forman, and team vice president John Paxson should be asking themselves, is whether next season's squad will ever see Calipari as anything but a pawn, should he be named their next coach.

Would James truly respect a coach who was brought in as a recruiting chip? Would he listen to a coach that already failed once in the NBA, and has climbed the NCAA ladder by questionable recruiting practices?

Then again, maybe Calipari has us all wrapped around his little finger, because despite everything, I would welcome him with open arms if it meant even one year with King James in a Bulls uniform.

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