HoopsHype John Calipari rumors

May 1, 2014 Updates

To that end, sources say, Lakers officials intend to reach out to two of the biggest names in the college game -- UConn's Kevin Ollie and Kentucky's John Calipari -- to at least gauge their interest in the job. The Lakers' immediate aims, sources say, are to focus on the draft and free agency and "hold back (on the coaching front) until they get a better sense of the marketplace." ESPN.com

The Lakers, coming off their worst season (27-55) since moving to Los Angeles in 1960, said they will begin their coaching search immediately. What kind of coach they pick might depend on their luck in the NBA draft lottery on May 20. Here's a quick look at some possible coaching candidates, starting from the college ranks. John Calipari. Current job: University of Kentucky. NCAA record: 548-171, one title. NBA record: New Jersey Nets (72-112). Calipari was fired by the Nets in his third season, but his success at Memphis and Kentucky — including the Wildcats' title in 2012 with Anthony Davis — keep his name in the NBA coaching rumor mill. Los Angeles Times

April 21, 2014 Updates

Wall credited Calipari for getting another batch of freshmen to come together this past season, when No. 8 seed Kentucky reached the national championship game, losing to Connecticut. He said that even after picking the Wildcats to lose in the round of 32 before the tournament. So should Calipari return to the NBA head coaching ranks? "I think he'd be a great NBA coach," Wall told USA TODAY Sports. "But he loves Kentucky too much. The Big Blue Nation loves him back. ... It's kind of different (in the NBA) though. The NBA guys are going to do what they do they're playing for checks and stuff like that. He's great at getting young guys to buy in." USA Today Sports

April 15, 2014 Updates

John Calipari, who has often been linked to NBA coaching jobs and who also has been critical of the NCAA for not changing with the times, told ESPN on Tuesday that he's more motivated by helping his players at Kentucky than he would by building the value of an NBA franchise. ESPN.com

But the former coach of the New Jersey Nets also believes that he'd be a better NBA coach the second time around. "I think I would be (better than my previous NBA stint) if I did it, but that's not the point for me," Calipari said on ESPN's "Numbers Never Lie" on Tuesday. "Can I say this in a humble way? I don't need the money. If I stop coaching today at Kentucky, my toes are up and I'm eating Cheetos and I'm fine. But here's my point: What's happening for me, what I'm feeling about coaching, goes beyond wins, goes beyond building a franchise. Can I do that in the NBA? If there was someplace that I felt that it would be more than just coaching and trying to win ... I'm not there to help you build your franchise value or help sell tickets. That doesn't move me. What moves me now is what I'm doing, and how I'm helping families." ESPN.com

April 9, 2014 Updates

John Calipari says his immediate future will remain at Kentucky, not in the NBA. After Monday's night's 60-54 loss to Connecticut in the national championship game, Calipari denied a rumor that he was headed to the NBA. "No. I'm right [here] at Kentucky," Calipari told ESPN's Jeannine Edwards. "I got the best job. I've got a good group of kids. Love what I'm doing. Speculation? That's there every year I coach." ESPN.com

But as D'Antoni discussed Tuesday his disappointing lot in LakerLand life, from this injury-ravaged season that is already tied for the Lakers' worst since moving to Los Angeles to the rebutted notion that Kentucky coach John Calipari is in line to have his job, there was nothing more revealing than his decision to reach for a particular quote again. "I've said it before, and it's because, (expletive), it seems like I'm always in it," D'Antoni told USA TODAY Sports,"but it's like Winston Churchill said, 'If you're in hell, just keep your head down and keep on going.' " USA Today Sports

April 8, 2014 Updates

When Rex Chapman heads to Twitter, the former University of Kentucky star says he feels as if he's just talking to friends. "I'm not a journalist — never pretend to be," Chapman said Tuesday morning on the Dan Patrick Show. "I interact with people. I'm not going to refrain from giving information I hear just because it might upset some people." The Kentucky native with deep ties to the NBA as a player and executive didn't back down from his comments made Monday night on the social media network — that "word is," it's a done deal UK coach John Calipari is headed to the Los Angeles Lakers. Where did that word come from? "Two things from two very good sources — one was that, win or lose, he's going to the Lakers," Chapman said. "And then at halftime, was told that we're talking to the Lakers and of course he has to listen. You know, hey, I don't make this stuff up. You know me better than that." Louisville Courier-Journal

The Lakers refuted a tweet Monday by one of Kentucky's most successful alums that it was a “done deal” that Coach John Calipari was in line to replace Mike D'Antoni. “I spoke to Mitch Kupchak and he said the rumor is untrue,” Lakers spokesman John Black said of a tweet from former Kentucky and NBA guard Rex Chapman. “Mike D'Antoni is our coach. There have been no conversation about any specific names for any replacement.” Orange County Register

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