John Calipari is seemingly the topic of NBA teaching rumors on an annual foundation, and it’s formally that point of yr once more.
Ben Rohrback and Vincent Goodwill printed an inventory for Yahoo Sports on Tuesday of 10 potential NBA head-coaching candidates, and Calipari is part of it. The reporters say they had been advised by a number of sources that Calipari is open to leaving Kentucky for the NBA.
One govt advised Yahoo Sports that Calipari “may have maxed out at Kentucky.” Another mentioned the altering panorama of school basketball has the Hall of Famer contemplating his choices.
“College basketball is a sinking ship,” the exec mentioned. “He is much different than his first go-round but that ego is hard to tame.”
Calipari signed a lifetime take care of Kentucky two years in the past. He’s one of many highest-paid coaches in faculty basketball and sure at all times might be, however some longtime coaches have been discouraged by the brand new switch guidelines that permit gamers to depart a college and play elsewhere instantly. A brand new legislation is also handed within the close to future that will permit gamers to revenue off their title, picture and likeness whereas at school.
One NBA head-coaching job that Calipari was linked to final yr is now not open. However, there at the moment are six vacancies and counting after Stan Van Gundy and Scott Brooks parted methods with their respective groups on Wednesday. If Calipari needs to make the leap, he would possible obtain loads of curiosity.
Calipari had an unsuccessful stint as the pinnacle coach of the then-New Jersey Nets from 1996-1999. Many imagine he’ll need a second shot on the NBA in some unspecified time in the future.