John Calipari Gives Official Response To Knicks
John Calipari gave an official response to the Knicks on Friday.
That answer? No, he is not interested in coming to New York.
New York found itself in the headlines this week after making a series of surprising moves.
Several days out from the trade deadline, the Knicks opted to fire team president Steve Mills and install legendary agent Leon Rose in his place.
Rose, in turn, is reportedly going to bring William ‘World Wide Wes’ Wesley on board in some capacity.
With those two officially tapped as the head of the Knicks’ rebuilding effort, rumors began to circulate that Calipari may also soon join the fold.
Calipari is known to have a close relationship with World Wide Wes, and rumors of him jumping ship from college ball to the NBA seem to run rampant every few years.
John Calipari at his Friday presser on potentially being linked to Knicks job: “I’ve never heard anyone in 25 years say anything bad about Leon Rose. He’s a gatherer, he’s a culture-builder. I’d help him in any way I could being a resource. It just wouldn’t be to coach.”
— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) February 7, 2020
In an interview with the media on Friday, Calipari spelled out what he thought of the Knicks’ recent moves and what it meant for his future.
“I’ve never heard anyone in 25 years say anything bad about Leon Rose,” he said.
“He’s a gatherer, he’s a culture-builder. I’d help him in any way I could being a resource. It just wouldn’t be to coach.”
Calipari previously served as head coach of the then New Jersey Nets for two and a half years. His record during that stint was 72-112, with a single 1998 postseason appearance.
After getting fired in 1999, Calipari spent one season as an assistant for the Philadelphia 76ers before ultimately moving to the college game and spending the next 20 years there.
This season, Kentucky is ranked 17-5 on the year and is currently ranked No. 15 in the nation. An NCAA Championship seems unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
While Calipari is clearly saying all the right things right now, it is worth keeping an eye on how Kentucky does during March Madness.
If the team disappoints or underwhelms in any capacity, rumors of him to the Knicks will likely reignite sooner rather than later.