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Five Reasons Why John Calipari Will Not Leave UK for the Knicks

1.  Brad Calipari is a Sophomore at UK

When John Calipari’s son Brad decided to walk-on to play for his Dad at Kentucky, Kentucky fans everywhere assumed Coach Cal would stay at Kentucky until his son graduated.  There’s no reason to believe this has changed just because of one ESPN report.

2. Phil Jackson couldn’t fix the Knicks

Phil Jackson is the most successful NBA coach since Red Auerbach.  A winner of six titles between Michael Jordan’s Bulls and the Kobe-Shaq Lakers, if anybody could fix the troubled NBA franchise, it’s Phil, a former Knick and coaching extraordinaire.  Instead of making the Knicks better, the NBA’s zen master made them worst.  If Phil can’t do it, can Calipari?  Coach Cal loves a challenge, but describing the Knicks as a “challenge” is an understatement.

3. The Knicks are Reportedly “Not Interested”

The Ian Begley report stated: “The Knicks do not have interest in Calipari at the moment.”  If that doesn’t quell your worries, I do not know what will.

4. The Knicks didn’t Draft Monk

Calipari was interviewed on the ESPN set during the draft.  It didn’t take long for Cal to say he was surprised the Knicks didn’t take Malik Monk with the eighth pick.  Instead they selected a Frenchman, Frank Ntilikina.

5. The Knicks are a Train Wreck

There are endless examples of incompetence from throughout the season, most notably the franchise’s public feud with Charles Oakley.  That was one huge mistake, but they can’t even do the little things right.  Today their first round draft pick Frank Ntilikina reported for mini-camp, only to receive a practice jersey with his name misspelled.


I only listed five reasons, but really there are about 1,322.  As Doron Lamb would say, Don’t Geek BBN.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for Five Reasons Why John Calipari Will Not Leave UK for the Knicks

  1. playmorezeppelin
    10:01 pm June 29, 2017 Permalink

    I would agree with all of this. Makes no sense why he would ever return the NBA regardless of the circumstances – but with Brad being here for three more years, a promising 2017-18 season coming up, and the Knicks, well, being the Knicks, the thought of losing Cal to the NBA seems as unlikely as it ever has. But for him to reach out to NY? That’s what doesn’t make sense. Of course, this story is still unconfirmed as far as I’m concerned. But how would you feel this upcoming season if you knew that Cal tried to leave and staying at Kentucky was a second option to him?

  2. playmorezeppelin
    10:03 pm June 29, 2017 Permalink

    Good timing for him to be six time-zones away….

  3. KYcats11
    10:06 pm June 29, 2017 Permalink

    Reason 6: I could be wrong, but I couldn’t find who is the source in this rumor. For what we know it could be Jeff goodman messing with UK fans. There are absolutely no consequences for anybody who put this out there. As it states: the knicks are not interested in calipari. This could be a reporter trying to stir Kentucky fans up, and the way it is worded, it doesn’t matter if he’s right or wrong, if he goes he’s right, if he stays, we’ll it said “the knicks weren’t interested” I won’t take the bait til I hear something from Cal

  4. EdC
    10:22 pm June 29, 2017 Permalink

    I seriously doubt that Calipari had anything to do with this. Doesn’t seem like the kind of guy that would yank the rug out from under his son’s dream.

  5. ukkatzfan
    10:29 pm June 29, 2017 Permalink

    Phil and Cal are different. I think Cal would succeed at the job. Being the coach would help. And Ppat and Boogie are free agents. This would be the greatest week in ksr history. Ppat would have predicted the all UK team ive on air. And our next coach was live on air also…. Bruce Pearl, come on down.

    • playmorezeppelin
      10:37 pm June 29, 2017 Permalink

      This makes way too much sense. Go away.

    • ukkatzfan
      12:02 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

      Knicks owner is stupid if he don’t chase Cal with the big piggy bank. Cal would be a free agent magnet to all UK alumni. And it would be a way to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the following…. Boston owner is stupid if he don’t chase pitino with the big piggy bank. Even if the luck of the Irish turned on Boston and they don’t get Tim Duncan(I doubt that happens though. Boston has had Bird, McHale and Parrish walk through their doors), Pitino will be a magnet to all UK alumni for getting the program back on track and his eternal disdain for the team over in de’ville.

  6. Here’s what everyone keeps missing about Phil Jackson: he was the coach of the Bulls and the Lakers, not the GM. The landscape is littered with great coaches who were terrible GM’s. Pitino with the Celtics, Saban with the Dolphins (although he was only there 2 years I guess), and I believe Cal was GM as well as coach of the Nets. Just because Phil failed in that role doesn’t mean he would have failed as coach if they had a competent GM.

  7. evilcarl
    10:45 pm June 29, 2017 Permalink

    Need more adults than Roush on this one. Maybe the kid that covered baseball, and actually gave insight can take over for Roush so we can get some answers not lazy speculation leaving out 4 or 5 other reasons why this won’t work. Roush, call the adults when this happens. Do some work, not cut and paste some articles from 2 years ago.

  8. joshatc
    5:06 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

    Phil Jackson won 11 titles not 6.

    • Mathlete
      9:25 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

      yep, 6 with the Bulls in the 90s and another 5 with the Lakers

  9. jomani
    8:54 am June 30, 2017 Permalink

    Completely disagree with the Phil Jackson point – Good coach does not equal good GM. He runs a style of basketball that is completely outdated and shows consistent disrespect and lack of care for his players. Jackson is the main reason the Knicks are in this hole right now. Cal is the opposite in that he respects his guys