John Calipari Rumors
A league source with knowledge of the situation insists to ProBasketballTalk there is no validity to the claims the Kings will make a huge offer to Calipari next summer. Whether Calipari wants to leave Kentucky is another question entirely. He may be happy just to leverage the rumors into another raise, then stay where he is king.
A league source with knowledge of the situation continues to insist that there is no validity whatsoever to reports linking John Calipari to the Kings. The source added that Bucher’s report is “based on rumor, innuendo and hearsay.” Yes, Ranadivé has had conversations with the former New Jersey Nets coach in the past, but they have been nothing more than friendly in nature and did not include an official offer. But again, this was during the summer.
The University of Kentucky coach is not only actively involved with Colangelo’s beloved Basketball Hall of Fame, but also has gone out of his way to raise money for it. Of course, Calipari has complained on occasion about Krzyzewski having an unfair recruiting advantage as the USAB head coach, but one person familiar with Calipari’s motives said he views the opportunity as “the recruiting tool of all recruiting tools.” Another source, who is plugged into the USA Basketball program, said “Calipari wants it bad.”
And this was at the USA Basketball camp in July in Las Vegas: John Calipari was there since, well, it seems like half the players in the NBA these days once played for him; just supporting his guys. One of his favorites, Rose from Calipari’s time at the U. of Memphis, was missing and Calipari was a little surprised. So Calipari called Rose. “I say where are you?” Calipari related during the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame week ceremonies earlier this month when Calipari was being enshrined. “He says, ’Coach, I’m telling you, I’m coming back.’ He said, ‘I want to win a championship for Chicago and I’m going to be the MVP again.’ “I hung up,” Calipari recalled, “and I went right to Gar Forman and said, ‘It’s back on. I’m just telling you.’”