June 29th, 2011 11:00 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Kentucky
Tags: CAA, Coach Cal, NBA, UK
Marc Berman of The New York Post doesn’t think John Calipari’s new $36.5 million deal with Kentucky will stave off rumors that he might head to the New York Knicks. At least not as long as “powerful agency CAA still thinks it runs the Knicks.”
As you probably know by now, Calipari buddy William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley works for CAA. As long as Wesley is friends with Coach Cal and CAA continues to sink its tentacles into the Knicks, Calipari-to-the-Knicks rumors will circulate.
Berman seems to believe them, by the way:
“Will (Calipari) be coaching Kentucky when he’s 60, when the contract ends? Don’t bet on it. The time is just about now to make the switch to the NBA. His time as head coach of the Nets in the late ’90s should be a distant memory by now. It is almost time for him to get another shot.”
Berman points out that during this week’s SEC teleconference, Calipari said, “Obviously there’s buyouts and all that kind of stuff in there,” when asked about his new contract.
Only Calipari had this to say on ESPN Radio this week:
“What (AD Mitch Barnhart) ended up doing is moving some longevity bonuses up a little bit, some other bonuses around a little bit and then he put stuff toward the end of the contract. We added some buyout stuff so he felt comfortable. … I’m not looking to leave. this was about him wanting to reward me without going bonkers. I was fine with that. If we keep doing well at Kentucky, they’ll come back.”
Good to know that $36.5 million isn’t going “bonkers.”
Berman also claims — as others have — that UK’s coach would jump to the NBA if a coach/GM or coach/president job were offered to him. We still believe, however, that if Calipari is as smart as we at MrSEC.com think he is, he’ll remember how Rick Pitino walked away from the greatest gig in college basketball only to wash out in the NBA. Now Pitino plays second-fiddle to Coach Cal who’s occupying his old seat in Lexington. If Calipari is smart, he’ll stay right where he is.
(Thanks to John Clay of The Lexington Herald-Leader for bringing this one to our attention.)
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