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.