When Brad Calipari committed to play for his Dad at Kentucky, we knew it was a good sign. Fans asked themselves, “There’s no way he could leave for the NBA with his son on the team, right?”
Today Calipari answered that lingering question.
“My son’s now here so my son’s walking on, I’m not gonna leave,” the 57-year-old Calipari told ESPN.com. “I would say four to five years is a lock and then after that, [shoot], I may be hanging it up. At that point I’d be 60, 61. I never thought I would coach past the age of 60 because I’m not … basketball isn’t my life.”
Even though he’s seemed happy at Kentucky for quite some time, it’s easy to get anxious whenever a head coaching vacancy occurs in the NBA, especially when it’s a team filled with his former players. Fear no more. The NBA doesn’t have the same appeal as it used to.
“It would be believable if I didn’t have this job,” Calipari said. “There are coaches who come through here from the NBA. They say he’d be crazy to come into this league. He’s got everything he needs right there. Why would he? It wouldn’t be about finances.”