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Calipari denies Knicks rumors, says he’ll coach at Kentucky for a long time

John Calipari just issued a response to the report that he reached out to the New York Knicks about its open president position. It was a full denial of contact with the Knicks organization by him or anyone around him.

“NO ONE has contacted the Knicks on my behalf,” Calipari said in a tweet. “I am the coach at Kentucky and will be for a long time!”

If you’re wondering why it took so long for Calipari to respond and deny what has been said, consider that he has been sound asleep in Cairo, Egypt ever since the report came out. He has been snug as a bug in a rug without the slightest clue he’s been the talk of college basketball for the last 5-6 hours, and then he wakes up to this bombshell to start his busy day.

So there ya go. Just another case of someone throwing Calipari’s name into the mix for an NBA job, likely someone with an agenda. It happens every summer, often more than once. We’re used to it by now.

So rest easy, BBN. Cal likes his team.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for Calipari denies Knicks rumors, says he’ll coach at Kentucky for a long time

  1. binarysolo
    12:19 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

    All we can do is wait until Bamba’s brother posts a Facebook video about this.

  2. a21CATSfan
    12:43 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

    Of course it was someone with an agenda. The rumor comes out while Cal is coaching and recruiting some of the best players in the country. With the players projected to stay and the talent he could possibly bring in, it is shaping up to be another HUGE year in 18-19. He finally gets his foot in the door with USA Basketball and the NCAA immediately allows ALL coaches to attend these camps and workouts. Even with biased (statistically proven) refs and tough brackets the man has won more regular season games and postseason games than anyone else. He’s not going anywhere. CATS

  3. DelrayCat
    3:22 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

    Come on…we’d all have to be fools not to think he wouldn’t leave UK in a New York Minute if that job was offered to him. Especially to be President and Coach like Pat Riley was for a couple of years in Miami. Everyone looks at Riley’s situation and recognizes it is the best in basketball. He has an great owner, his own hand-picked coach, and lives in a great town. He makes big money with virtually no pressure. Cal would love to do that in New York…who wouldn’t? Especially once you transition away from coaching. The guy that can turn that thing around in NY and start winning again will be the King of NYC. It would be worth a try so long as he made 8-10+ million a year to do it. I doubt the Knicks would bite now…..but if the thing hasn’t been righted in 2-3 years…look out. Luckily I think there are only 3-4 NBA jobs where Cal would be interested in such a scenario and NY is the only one which is a serious clusterfluck at the moment.

    • TBW3011
      6:04 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

      The Knicks don’t have a great owner Delray. And Cal in no way needs money.

    • EdC
      7:48 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

      Right he would completely screw his son’s dream for money. I’m calling BS.

    • Mathlete
      8:22 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

      Cal would take a pay cut to go to the Knicks at this point. Six NBA coaches out of the whole league make what he does, and Barnhart would immediately beat whatever the NBA offers because he knows Cal’s worth it. That’s not even factoring in the difference in taxes, costs of living, and coaching twice as many games for the same money.

      Then there’s the ultimate kicker – Cal has turned UK into an NBA dream factory. He loves meeting these kids and their families and helping them get to the NBA, particularly the ones who grew up in rough parts of town and are playing to get their families out of poverty. His greatest joy (yes, probably even above winning titles) is seeing families’ situations change for the better and knowing he played a part in it. That’s why he connects to these kids so much and why his players love him.

    • memphis wildcat
      8:50 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

      Amen Mathlete

  4. Ridge Runner
    7:23 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

    Fake News

  5. CATilactica
    8:28 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

    Oh look more fake news. Is there any accountability in america anymore?