Every spring the rumors start to spread. ”Team X is interested in Kentucky coach John Calipari and he might finally be ready to return to the NBA.” Usually “Team X” is the New York Knickerbockers. And that’s the case this spring as well.
But just as the rumors begin every spring, Calipari — like clockwork — shoots them down each April, May and June. He’s done so again, yesterday telling The New York Daily News that the Knicks should stick with the interim coach they have in place now:
“Mike Woodson is a dear friend of mine and he is doing an unbelieveable job and he has gotten Carmelo (Anthony) to be the Carmelo he needs to be to win. And I got the best job in basketball, in my opinion. You don’t need to make decisions financially, which I did the last time when I went to the Nets. Fifteen million back in 1996, when you’re a kid, is like $30 million now. At Kentucky, you can win championships. And you have a stage that really helps the young people.”
So will that be the last of the Calipari-to-the-NBA talk? Nope. That’s about as likely as the NCAA looking the other way when the slightest question is raised about Cal or one of his signees.
As we said earlier today, it’s all part of the Calipari package.