Why coaches paint themselves in these types of corners we will never know. Granted, it may be true that John Calipara isn’t interested in coaching in the NBA at the moment. But as we all know, moments change very quickly.
Calipari doesn’t need the money. He doesn’t need to prove he’s a great coach. But he still has that NBA stain on his career that you have to believe he wants to get rid of.
But according to Calipari, he’s fine with his situation at Kentucky and he doesn’t see himself leaving for the foreseeable future.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said Wednesday he isn’t going to coach the New York Knicks or any other NBA franchise for the foreseeable future.
“Kentucky is the best job in basketball coaching,” Calipari said. “Why would I leave? We just won the national title. We’re chasing UCLA.”
Calipari said no NBA team has contacted him about an opening, including the Knicks, which are being coached by Mike Woodson on an interim basis after Mike D’Antoni was fired.
“All of those teams know I’m not doing anything,” Calipari said. “I’m not changing. I’m going to continue to see my friends who coach in the NBA and see my former players who play in the NBA. I’m going to continue to go to games.”
“No one is stealing our joy,” Calipari said. “I’ve made statements that I’ve got the best job in basketball and I’m not going to change my lifestyle. I’m not leaving.”
Yeah, all of that sounds great. At the moment.