HoopsHype John Calipari rumors


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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Increasingly, general managers and talent evaluators around the league feel that Calipari will be proven wrong, and that both Harrisons will join the line of one-and-done players at Kentucky, jumping into the first round of this coming draft. “I think the tournament has helped those two as much as anyone,” one general manager told Sporting News. “They were disappointments for this year, there’s no other way to say it. They looked overhyped, they didn’t look like first-round picks. But as the season has gone on and looking at how things came together, they look more like the players we thought they were coming in.” Sporting News

Most of the great ones get The Itch. Mike Krzyzewski sure did. Tom Izzo sure did. Calipari sure could. “He has not hinted that to me,” longtime Calipari friend and legendary Five-Star Basketball Camp founder Howard Garfinkel told The Post. “He has not let me know that. So if he does, it’s something I don’t know about. “And I would think, why, why would he want to do that? He’s got the best coaching job in America, why would he want to leave? Why would Billy Donovan want to go to the NBA? Why would anybody want to when they have a job like they have. A few more dollars isn’t going to change their life.” New York Post

All true. But can anyone be certain Steve Kerr can flourish as a head coach in New York? How about a highly motivated Calipari, eager to redeem his unfulfilling and unsuccessful Nets experience? Call him, Phil. “He’d be a great coach anywhere he goes ’cause he’s a terrific coach,” Garfinkel said. “He knows how to handle people, he’s strict but he’s fair, and he knows the game, he knows the game. He’d be a great NBA coach. “The only way I would leave Kentucky is if they don’t change the stupid one-and-done business. Then they should end the college game altogether. It should be two-and-done, minimum of two years. Once you go to college, you got to stay two years.” New York Post

February 17, 2014 Updates

Still, the weekend represented a turnaround for Wall. He won the slam-dunk contest on Saturday in emphatic fashion which should help his popularity. Just being here for the first time as an All-Star means something. Wall readily admits that he has come a long way not only in terms of his skills but attitude. It was poor. He'd argue with coaches -- Kentucky's John Calipari said as much in a conversation we had last week when he came to Verizon Center to watch his former star -- and even in his fourth pro season Wall has had to work on his abrasiveness in addressing certain teammates. That has been a problem since a young age. "I was always good when I was little. I just never passed. I was only 5-8. I was a little guy. ... I just never really passed and had a terrible attitude," said Wall, now 6-4. "I had the worst attitude you probably could have as a basketball player. I think when I finally turned that switch off, learning how to respect my coaches and stuff like that I finally grew. It helped me out a lot." CSNWashington.com

February 16, 2014 Updates

Pulley developed a brain aneurysm during Wall’s senior year of high school, which nearly forced him to stay close to home during college. She got better and he attended Kentucky, where Coach John Calipari helped Wall become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. “Every game he comes in, he’s not just out there playing, he’s got a little chip on his shoulder,” Calipari said. “His background. What he’s been through. How some of his anger or rage was based on that, but no one really got deep enough to know. So now, he rebelled a little bit and it created this, ‘Okay, you’re not with me?’ But he’s a great kid.” Washington Post

December 14, 2013 Updates

I can't tell you how many times I heard over the summer that Harrison, not Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, would emerge as the first point guard to come off the board in next June's draft. That could still happen, of course. But today, Smart has put Harrison in his rearview mirror. Harrison's shooting has been uneven -- in a nationally televised game against Baylor, Harrison shot just 2-of-9 from the field and is connecting on just 41.7 percent of his shots this season -- and he doesn't look totally comfortable in John Calipari's dribble-drive offense, an offense that was supposed to be an ideal fit for him. SI.com

December 3, 2013 Updates

It was no surprise with Kentucky playing in Brooklyn Sunday that there would be talk about John Calipari and the NBA. The Kentucky coach’s name has already been linked to jobs in the NBA again this year even though he was fired when he was the head coach of the New Jersey Nets before he went to Memphis and eventually Kentucky. “I don’t listen to any of it, and I don’t think my team does. Every year I’ve ever coached, if there was a college job open, I was going there, a pro job, a high school job – I was taking every job going, and I just don’t buy into it," Calipari said after his team’s win over Providence. "The greatest thing for me: It took me 20 years to get a job like Kentucky. It took me 20 years to get a job like Kentucky. "Where guys had jobs for 20 years, it took me 20 years to get a job like this. And then we get the job and all the sudden – we’re doing great academically. We had a 3.4 grade-point average last term. For three years we’ve been a B-average as a team. We’ve graduated 10 players – 10 in four years. So it’s not at the expense of academics, but we’ve had 17 players drafted, nine (actually 13) in the first round, two (No. 1) picks. Central Kentucky News

December 2, 2013 Updates

John Calipari on coaching again in the NBA: "My thing is here's what I'm doing. When I'm done with this, what's the next purpose? (...) I've got the job I want. So it becomes 'what would my purpose be when I'm not helping young people prepare for the rest of their lives?' That I am thinking about." YouTube

November 22, 2013 Updates

The annual John Calipari-to-the-NBA rumors flared up this week when a report on CBSSports.com suggested the Kentucky head coach’s association with Creative Artists Agency, which maintains many business relationships with the New York Knicks organization, could lead to the struggling franchise inquiring about his interest. “I don’t pay any attention to it,” Calipari said Friday during one of his weekly press conferences. “The job I have to do here to develop these kids and get them right is all-encompassing, so I’m not… my focus is here, and I don’t get into all of that, rumors and innuendo. “That won’t be the last one that’s out there. I just don’t deal with it.” kentucky.scout.com

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