John Calipari Rumors
David Blatt, former Cavs coach and former Russian national team coach, is also a name mentioned with the Nets, according to a source. And Kentucky coach John Calipari will continue to be pushed by Nets CEO and friend Brett Yormark. However, Calipari will command a lot and one source recently described a potential Cal-Nets reunion as a longshot as of now. Of course, much can change from now to whenever the Nets close in on a coach.
Sources say Calipari is fading despite in-house support from Nets CEO Brett Yormark, and ex-Hawks GM Danny Ferry is no longer a viable candidate despite support from the reassigned Billy King. Bryan Colangelo is still in the picture, as are Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and Rockets executive vice president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.
“I’m sure he’ll be great anywhere he goes but he’s in a perfect spot. I spoke to him [Tuesday], we talk all the time. He’s not happy with the way his playing but Cal’s teams always get better at the end of the year. He really teaches his kids how to win. “I hope he stays where he is. Not to say the NBA’s not great, not a wonderful opportunity but gosh, I can’t think of a better program for him to be the head of.”
All indications are the Nets, with a search committee including Board of Directors chairman Dmitry Razumov, board member Sergey Kushchenko, CEO Brett Yormark and Irina Pavlova, president of Onexim Sports and Entertainment, want candidates with extensive NBA experience. Calipari’s first tenure with the Nets ended disastrously, and he has tweeted out his intentions to remain at Kentucky. As one NBA type said, “The longer the search goes, the more Calipari becomes an option.”
Howard Beck: Related: From what I’m hearing, Calipari is not under serious consideration by Nets ownership.
The Nets also have been linked strongly to Kentucky coach John Calipari — largely due to Calipari’s strong ties to Brooklyn CEO Brett Yormark — but there is a growing sense in league circles that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov wants to hire established NBA names with considerable experience in the league.