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ESPN asks what it would take for Cal to leave UK


It’s a slow news day, which has the national media bringing up worrisome hypotheticals. ESPN’s Myron Medcalf is doing his best to get some hits from the BBN with his latest article asking what it would take for the nation’s top college basketball coaches to leave their jobs. Medcalf agrees with us in saying that only one person could get John Calipari to leave Lexington: LeBron James.

What would it take? Months before Mike D’Antoni, uh, resigned, there were rumors about Calipari taking the Lakers job that wasn’t even available yet. He squashed that buzz during the NCAA tournament. Well, he tried to quiet the noise. But then he cracked the door to the NBA again when he recently told reporters that he’d love to coach LeBron one day. He’s coached in the NBA before. But he has found more success in college than what he experienced with the New Jersey Nets in the 1990s. He seems open to the idea of coaching arguably the greatest player of our generation, though. An opportunity to guide elite talent and an NBA team positioned to compete for a title is clearly something that the Kentucky coach would consider.

Possibilities: The Miami Heat, or wherever LeBron is playing

More interesting is what Medcalf predicts could convince other coaches in the game to leave their current jobs. Here’s a sampling:

Coach K — A tropical paradise, college basketball commissioner’s post or executive board, Beyonce’s world tour
Bill Self — Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, early retirement
Tom Izzo — The beach, an NBA team that’s capable of competing for a title
Sean Miller — Maryland, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, the NBA
Billy Donovan — New York Knicks, NBA
Tom Crean — A timeshare in Boca, a lifetime supply of Wisconsin cheese, a guest starring role in Branson, Missouri’s production of “The Office: The Musical”

Okay, I added that last one myself.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for ESPN asks what it would take for Cal to leave UK

  1. TDog
    4:23 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    So Billy Donovan would leave for the Knicks or the NBA? Does that mean the Knicks are so awful they are not even considered a pro team anymore? If so does that mean Kentucky and Duke will be replacing them?

  2. Erik Spoelstra
    4:30 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Helloooo… the Heat already have a highly successful coach and I ain’t going anywhere.

  3. Dee
    4:42 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    COACH CAL…will go to CHICAGO…when L.J. signs with the Bulls…

    • willie t
      4:52 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

      And if they add K-Love, who could blame him.

  4. The Loco Pollo
    5:01 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Mark it down – If Kansas has a few more years of not winning titles and Danny Manning has success at Wake Forest, there will be rumblings in Lawrence and Self will then bail for T. Boone’s money at his alma mater of Oklahoma St with Manning coming full circle back to KU.

    • Kansas Fan Delusion
      6:41 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Kansas fans are delusional, and it’s hilarious. They seem completely oblivious to the fact that they’ve only won 3 titles all time. I, a 24 year old man, have seen as many UK titles in my lifetime as they have in their entire history. I’ll never understand why their expectations are as high as they are. We mock Louisville all the time, but as far as titles go, our little brother is equal to the Jayhawks.

    • Kentucky Fan Illusion
      7:38 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

      The Cards are hardly Kansas equal, KU may only have 3 titles but they have played in 9 title games. Since when is Runner Up something to scoff at? Kentucky is coming off a 2nd place finish but I guess it counts for nothing. And Kansas has gone to the NCAA tournament every year since you’ve been alive, boy.

  5. fatcattx
    5:12 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Cal could also satisfy his Lebron craving by coaching Team USA for USA BASKETBALL…. doubt that Coach K will ever give up that gig though….

    • Rae
      11:40 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Conceivably Lebron could still play on the team in 2020 as a 35 year old, since Kobe is still playing. Coach K would be 73 by then and probably too old and tired, while Cal would have a few more years in him. Add in Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins and John Wall who would be hitting their stride, and it would be the perfect combination for Cal.

  6. sure
    5:20 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Ya ok the loco polo. Marked it down. Thanks

  7. Team USA
    8:09 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Do we forget that Cal could coach Lebron on team USA?

  8. DimebagEddie
    12:09 am May 20, 2014 Permalink

    Lebron James is more worried about beating the “Badass Fearful Indiana Pacers” right now and it does not look good so far.