HoopsHype John Calipari rumors

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

April 7, 2014 Updates
April 4, 2014 Updates
March 30, 2014 Updates

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

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.