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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

November 21, 2013 Updates

If they don't, anyone can see what's coming: Mike Woodson gets fired, company man Herb Williams becomes the interim coach and the drumbeat begins in the background for John Calipari to make his long-awaited return to the NBA. You don't have to be an NBA executive to see that coming, but I asked some, and they see it, too. The payroll is maxed out through next season, the tools for tax teams to acquire players in sign-and-trades next summer are gone and it's not like the Knicks can sell anyone on a fallback plan of reloading with a lottery pick in the coveted 2014 draft. The Knicks' pick goes to Denver (from the Anthony trade) or to Orlando (if it's worse than the Nuggets' pick). CBSSports.com

Executives differ on whether Calipari would want full personnel control in addition to the coaching title. "He wants full control, bottom line," one executive said. I agree with another exec who pointed out that, when it comes to the Knicks, it is understood that CAA has the power and that it would merely be channeled through Calipari. Either way, Calipari would instantly become the most powerful authority figure the Knicks have had since Isiah Thomas finally was run out of town. Somehow, that sounds just about right. CBSSports.com

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Prep forward Andrew Wiggins, the American Family Insurance ALL-USA boys basketball Player of the Year, canceled his remaining three in-home visits Monday with coaches from Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas, saying he intends instead to speak with coaches of those schools by phone. His last in-home visit was with Kentucky coach John Calipari in March. High School Sports

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Bayno had normal nights like that through the rest of his playing career and they followed him into coaching. Somehow, he was always able to manage it. He worked under P.J. Carlesimo at Seton Hall and Larry Brown at Kansas, and helped John Calipari resurrect the program at UMass. It wasn't until he was a hot shot 32-year-old hired to get UNLV back on the national map that it really started to catch up to him. Now an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Bayno has been sober for nearly 11 years. He had to go through the CBA, ABA and the Philippines to re-establish himself in the hoops community, and he's spent that time also searching for a little more balance in a life that was sometimes consumed by the game. Boston Herald

February 8, 2013 Updates
December 13, 2012 Updates

They called it the “Breakfast Club.’’ This was freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s creation at Kentucky, the team’s youngest player leading with charisma. It wasn’t bagels or cereal or bacon-and-eggs. It was a daily extra workout and all the other Wildcats followed along last season. “He’d work out in the mornings before class and brought people with him,’’ Kentucky coach John Calipari recalled Wednesday, at halftime of the Charlotte Bobcats’ home game with the Los Angeles Clippers. “When I recruited him I told him, 'You’re going to elevate every practice. You’re going to drag people with you.’ ’’ Charlotte Observer

December 8, 2012 Updates

Apparently Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a crisis of confidence in the preseason, but his college coach quickly put out that fire. Kentucky coach John Calipari, speaking with local media in Lexington, revealed Friday that Kidd-Gilchrist sent him text messages that “I may have made a mistake’’ turning pro, and “I don’t think I’m good enough.’’ “He was scared to death,’’ Calipari recalled. Charlotte Observer

December 7, 2012 Updates

Apparently Charlotte Bobcats rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a crisis of confidence in the preseason, but his college coach quickly put out that fire. Kentucky coach John Calipari, speaking with local media in Lexington, revealed Friday that Kidd-Gilchrist sent him text messages that “I may have made a mistake’’ turning pro, and “I don’t think I’m good enough.’’ “He was scared to death,’’ Calipari recalled. Calipari brought this up to illustrate how much he valued Kidd-Gilchrist’s competitiveness, resilience and energy. He reminded Kidd-Gilchrist of that in a series of texts. Charlotte Observer

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