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John Calipari (Again) Denies Interest in NBA Job

The Sacramento Kings have a couple of ex-Kentucky players (DeMarcus Cousins and new draft pick Willie Cauley-Stein) on their roster. That naturally leads to reaching out to John Calipari and see if he is interested in coaching his ex-players. Well, once AGAIN, John Calipari is downplaying any interest in coaching in the NBA.

With the Kings in flux at the moment and not sure of the direction they are heading in, the Kings reportedly “probed” John Calipari for his interest in the job. Rather predictably, he is saying ‘thanks, but no thanks’ (again). If you remember, with ex-Calipari players Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans on the roster, the New Orleans Pelicans inquired about Calipari coaching in the NBA again back in May and he said no then. This follows other numerous teams reaching out to him in the past.

Calipari expressed his disinterest in coaching in the NBA with a series of tweets saying that he did talk with Kings’ owner Vivek Ranadive, but that was about his relationship with Cousins.


Kentucky is coming off a season in which they went 38-1 and lost in the Final Four to Wisconsin. The Wildcats are losing seven major players (Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Andrew and Aaron Harrison) heading into the 2015-16 season.

In 23 years coaching in the college ranks (while coaching at UMass and Memphis prior to coming to Kentucky), Calipari has amassed a record of 593-175.

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