Rose is cheering for Calipari, a “mentor” with whom he has a “father-son relationship.’’ Rose, who played for him for one year at Memphis, said he will consult with Calipari regarding his impending free agency.
Rose doesn’t see the ex-Nets coach leaving for one last crack at the NBA. “I hope he doesn’t leave,’’ Rose said. “I hope not. Everything he built for himself and legacy. I didn’t want him to leave Memphis. People loved him down there. Kentucky was a once-in-a-lifetime deal. He had to take that position. He’s on top of the world. Why change it?’’
Tyronn Lue confirmed that, for now, Derrick Williams would be the odd-man out of his rotation with Love, J.R. Smith, and Kyle Korver all healthy. Williams had been a mainstay on Cleveland’s second unit with James, Korver, Channing Frye, and Richard Jefferson. His playing time started to dip with the arrival of backup point guard Deron Williams.