Ex-Kentucky star Rex Chapman: John Calipari is ‘done deal’ to Lakers – Kupchak denies
EJ He did do poorly in New Jersey but I understand this link. Calipari must be ready to bail from Kentucky, despite making it to the Finals, and Kobe tends to like the flashy name and the college guys.
Joe : I read Calipari is saying this news is all “hockey pucks”.
EJ It may very well be but it would be in poor taste to confirm this as true just after losing in the title game and with the Lakers still finishing the season. He has plenty of time to make a decision. Lakers don’t really need to hire a head coach until around the lottery.
David I don’t know how well Cal would be in the Pros I mean, best of 7 series, salary cap, harder conference . . . .
Darren: I’ve been on record saying I want Byron Scott to coach them next season. He’s just sitting & waiting in the TWC studios. Not sure I like this. If it’s true.
EJ All valid points David. There are definitely obstacles. For my money I’d like to see Kevin Ollie get a call. He coaches more like an NBA coach than a college guy.
Joe : The salary cap would hurt the most, probably.
Leave KO alone… damn it!
Joe : And DJ… I was always pissed the Nets let Scott go. I like him a lot as a coach.
EJ Sorry Joe but he’s not staying. That’s a NBA guy. He’ll be there eventually. He’s also an L.A. native. Just saying.
Joe : He can write his own ticket in UConn. And his own legend. I’m not sure he can do that in the NBA.
David: Ollies gonna be gone soon, lets face it, he’d be stupid to stay
EJ He’s not even 40 years old. Legend? Do you see a man that young really wanting to stay in one place? I know you love UCONN but that’s unrealistic.
Joe : UConn ain’t the worst place. Besides he can almost write his own ticket now. He’s probably gonna go eventually but still…
EJ Because he’s still a young enough man to take the challenge. He has nothing to lose by making the leap. Now that he has a title, even if he does fail in the NBA, he’d be a hot commodity in the college game. Sorry Joe but David is right: he’d be stupid to stay.
Joe : Lets see how he does next year… I do think he is pretty good.. but lets just wait and see what he brings next year when he has to rebuild.
David: Stupid to try and rebuild in today’s college game when he can almost name his team. How many “hot” coaches stay a year or two past their run? UConn isn’t Wichita, but it ain’t Duke/UNC either. Go to the NBA, take a shot- then come back, If he stays too late, he might be stuck with mil or wash as his best jobs
Bob Hinnant: Here is my take… Calipari has left just in the nick of time before. People like to forget that at UMASS and Memphis he took those programs to the final four and then left JUST before the NCAA came knocking. Both were smacked down hard with sanctions and vacated seasons, etc. I would not be surprised in the least if he left for the Laker job and this summer Kentucky finds itself under investigation.
David: Dude, Kentucky is in so much Hotwater the entire Conference USA is ineligible until 2091
Bob: If we are to believe that Calipari is the genius Vital, Bilas, etc say he is we would have to accept that he is head and shoulders ahead of the likes of Coach K and Rick Petino. Petino was about as successful as a coach could be at Kentucky and recruit…See More
David : That’s the problem Bob. coach Cal has a rep as a guy that can grease the wheels for a one and done guy looking to be a top pick.
Zach: Ooh let me get in on this. so basically we can agree that (should Cal leave), he is branded the Petey Carroll of basketball? Granted, it would not break my heart (being a Duke fan) to see UK have years of turmoil, and it would not break my heart (being a Mavericks’ fan) to see him go to L.A. and screw things up for them even more. It’s a win-win for me boys!
Darren : EJ makes a great point on Kevin Ollie. He played ball at Crenshaw HS and is a Californian (although he was born in Dallas, Texas).
David: I get the feeling Cal is waiting for that ONE mega-star to leave. Why he didn’t leave with the Brow for total control in Peli-land makes me wonder if he’s ever going to leave.
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