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John Calipari Addresses NBA Coaching Rumors Surrounding Anthony Davis and the Lakers

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Anthony Davis’ trade request has captivated the NBA.  Headline news across all platforms, the initial reaction points the Unibrow to Los Angeles to join LeBron James and the Lakers.

As of now, it’s all hypothetical, but that hypothetical has created another one.  If Anthony Davis is with LeBron is L.A., John Calipari would be the perfect fit, right?  This morning Calipari was asked on ESPN’s Get Up how he would respond if the Lakers asked him to coach LeBron and AD in L.A.

I’m at Kentucky having a ball preparing young people for the rest of their life,” Calipari told ESPN. “It’s a different job than coaching in the NBA. I think Luke [Walton] is doing outstanding work. I’ve watched him coach, I’ve watched his demeanor. I’ve watched his adjustments. He’s coaching a young team in that league and that league is unforgiving now. In that league you’re not playing Popcorn State next week, you’re playing a professional team. Even the teams that are struggling have terrific players.”

Calipari added that he has not talked to Davis since he publicly requested a trade earlier this week.

The Kentucky head coach made his best effort to get in front of this year’s cycle of NBA coaching rumors.  This morning’s statement is a nice start, but it will certainly not quiet the rumors, especially if Davis makes the move to Los Angeles.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

67 Comments for John Calipari Addresses NBA Coaching Rumors Surrounding Anthony Davis and the Lakers

  1. lexcatfan2367
    10:25 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

    I’ve never really heard any “K to the nba” rumors. Why has K’s name never been thrown about? I’m not worried about Cal leaving. I just wonder why K or Roy never go through this.

    • minton22
      10:37 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Because our fans are nutty. For the last 10 years straight, my dad has said “their terrible, won’t win another game all year. Cal is a joke.” Those comments are always followed by “Cal is going to the NBA”. We actually had that discussion a couple days ago. I reminded Dad that we have gone through this 10 years in a row. I even mentioned before the season started that he’d be saying this. Never fails. Same thing next year, like clockwork.

    • a21CATSfan
      10:49 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Because he has made college basketball whole again, by adapting to the One-And-Done style of recruiting. He has started a Brotherhood for NBA Superstars for years to come, and has really put his players first in his program. Wait a second. CATS

    • a21CATSfan
      10:51 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

      While also reinventing the game with the dribble-drive motion offense and using position less players. I heard he was thinking about hiring a recruiting coordinator next season. That would be game-changing. His wife has started giving his players brownies and wearing their sons jersey to all the games. CATS

    • bigblue2284
      10:58 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Because coaches like Roy and K don’t have. a history of fleeing schools and leaving them on probation.

    • catsarerunnin
      12:23 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Hmmm wasn’t UNC under investigation for like a decade? And we know if it had been ANY school besides UNC,dUKe,Kansas,Syracuse ect the NCAA would have not only put the program on probation but probably would have applied the Death Penalty. So “bigblue” you can get off your anti-Cal soapbox. And stop using bigblue when you’re not really part of BBN.

    • lexcatfan2367
      12:52 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink


    • 2Dogs
      11:33 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Why would they leave? They can cheat and get away with it with no repercussions. .

    • 4everUKblue
      12:04 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Get your fact straight bigblue douche bag!

    • henderblue
      12:14 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      What 2Dogs said bigbluegoofball..

    • lexcatfan2367
      12:43 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Not worried, just curious. Cal loves helping people—you just don’t get that fulfillment in the NBA. Plus, things are pretty, pretty, pretty good here. Go Cats!

    • bigblue2284
      1:06 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Which statement wasn’t factual? When he left UMass where they on probation? Memphis? Does coach K or Roy have a reputation for leaving college programs on probation? No. The belief is Cal is more obtainable.

    • catsarerunnin
      2:25 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Your not being “factual” bigblew 2 because nothing Cal did put those programs on probation. It was a player in both instances. Meanwhile your hero Ricky P is coaching in BFE and your school lost their banner.

    • jimmer
      1:21 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Totally agree! Lebron is a Coach K guy now. Start with Coach K rumors.

    • 4everUKblue
      1:35 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Bigblue douche, to this day there has been NO direct connection to Cal and what happened with Camby or what happened with Rose at Memphis. So called fans like you who pick and choose what they want to hear are the worst. Check ALL the facts before you go making an azz of yourself.

    • 4everUKblue
      1:42 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Oh and bigblue, K has only coached at dUKe, why would either of them leave when they get away with cheating with no consequences like 2dogs said?

    • rabblerabblerabble
      1:48 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Not sure how old you are, but Coach K to the Lakers went way beyond rumors in 2004.

      Not only has Duke won two national titles since then, Coach K is 15 years older. I think the age of K and Roy has got to have something to do with it. Plus K got his chance to coach NBA guys with the Olympics teams.

    • bigblue, what is not factually correct is your assertion that Ol’ Roy & Shishevski are pure as the wind driven snow. We all know about the UNCheat academic scandal that they skated on, and hello, Corey Magette anyone?????? There was also the Duke player that had a shady jewelry transaction or something but I forgot his name.

    • RealCatsFan
      2:19 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      cg, Lance Thomas was his name. And he was sued by a jewelry store owner because he did not pay the balance on $100K worth of jewelry after putting $30K down on it WHILE HE WAS PLAYING FOR DUKE. Since he had already left when this came to light, he refused to cooperate with the NCAA and it was all conveniently swept under the rug. Care to comment on this, “bigblue2284”?

    • RealCatsFan
      2:21 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      And correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t Kansas in some NCAA hot water shortly after Ol Roy left for greener pastures (and easier cheating) at UNCheat? bigblue2284, are you still on the line?

    • 4everUKblue
      2:22 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      I posted links to the stories above on Thomas as well as others involved in dUKe scandals that were swept under the rug.

    • 4everUKblue
      2:23 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      bigblue is sifting through to find anything to make his non factual argument.

    • henderblue
      2:27 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      What 4ever and cg said bigbluedouchebag…

    • RealCatsFan
      2:30 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      minton22, your dad doesn’t go by the moniker “BigolBlue” on here, does he? Is your surname “Slater”? 🙂

    • StillBP
      3:12 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      I think bigblue is a Duke fanboy, so he means Duke blue. Speaking of, Grayson Allen tried to take a charge but got scared and ended up throwing a forearm at the other player…what a wuss

    • RealCatsFan
      3:38 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      BP, I am shocked that he didn’t A. Flop B. Trip C. Do both

    • bigblue2284
      4:44 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Everyone of you are the same people saying Pitino should have known what was going on with his program, when it comes to Cal it doesn’t apply I guess. I didn’t say K and Roy are or were scandal free I said they aren’t as easy to lure away. Also I think it’s hilarious how many replies have to start with a juvenile insult.

    • catsarerunnin
      6:24 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      That’s because you have the intelligence of a juvenile. We dumb it down just for you.

    • 4everUKblue
      7:45 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly catsarerunnin, we call it like is. If you coult show just a smattering of intelligence….never mind.

    • notFromhere
      3:04 am February 1, 2019 Permalink

      Minton22- absolutely nailed it

  2. Duff86
    10:43 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Lexcatfan, The money is probably better in college. Just look at the deal pitino struck with adidas. I’m sure they all have similar structures, maybe not as greedy, but similar.

  3. JerryCat
    10:44 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Would obviously miss cal, but I wouldn’t blame him for moving to LA to coach LeBron and AD

  4. taylorsvillecat
    10:49 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Or maybe the Pelicans just bench AD for the rest of the season then trade him in the summer. Ugggh.

    • Han
      11:38 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Unless the Lakers absolutely blow New Orleans away, they’re going to wait and get a ton of stuff from Boston.

      Only way that changes is if Davis’ camp lets slip that he won’t resign at Boston because he wants to play with Bron.

  5. Rise
    11:27 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

    LeBron wants a “yes man” type coach. Someone he can control. He surrounds himself with people like that. Coach Cal isn’t that type of person.

    • Luether
      5:59 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Agree. LeBron has clashed with his coach everywhere he’s been. He failed to get Eric Spoelstra fired at Miami, but got both Dave Blatt and Tyronn Lue fired at Cleveland. Now he’s trying to pull the rug out from under Walton in LA. He’s a control freak…

  6. meeksfor3
    11:39 am January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Dang Cal has aged a lot since 2012.

    • RealCatsFan
      2:24 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Yep, I was thinking the same thing. He wasn’t lying when he said it’s like “dog years” coaching at UK.

  7. bigbluebanana
    12:12 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    I haven’t heard any rumors of Cal going to LA, I follow the entire NBA almost as religiously as I do UK. Simply put, Cal was asked a question and he answered it, that’s not how rumors work. There’s a better chance Phil Jackson goes back to the Lakers than there is Cal going there. As someone else said, Lebron just wants someone to stand on the sidelines while he runs the team, and that’s not Cal. I’ve heard more people talking (aka…rumors) about LBJ becoming a player/coach.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:47 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      There are no rumors. Cal was “getting in front of this year’s cycle of NBA coaching rumors” by answering that question the way he did. He is happy where he is and doing what he is doing.

  8. catsarerunnin
    12:26 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    If I were the Lakers I would just make King James the King and have the Lakers be his own little kingdom since he’s the one calling the shots anyway.

  9. Racerr11
    12:33 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Bigblue your a sad individual and must live a misreable life. You have no knowledge of sports either. Roy ran out of Kansas to take the UNC job and the cheating that went on at UNC is the worst in the history of college sports but it didn’t just happen while Roy was there. NCAA is a joke as it showed terribly with the handling of UNC .I don’t know why schools don’t get out of the NCAA and form there own rather than being a part of a laughing stock operation that obviously overlooks certain schools cheating and dishonesty in the worst ways. Bigblue you stink all the way from here.

  10. Racerr11
    12:38 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    I hope AD doesn’t go to the Lakers and play with a thug like leebron. The only way leebron can win is pick his team and even then they don’t always win. AD is a good person and a great basketball player I hope he sees thru leebron and stays away.

    • Zissou87
      1:00 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      What makes “Leebron” a thug?

    • catsarerunnin
      2:28 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      He crapped on Cleveland twice. They deserve it but still it’s bad manners and most thugs have bad manners.

    • cats646
      1:57 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      His attitude.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:50 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      I dislike LeBron’s attitude as much as anybody, but I have never thought of him as a thug. Entitled? check. Out of control ego? check. None of that makes anyone a thug, though.

    • Zissou87
      3:34 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      “Bad manners” to leave a dead franchise that no one wants to go to, in a dead town with a jerk owner and opt for one of the greatest organizations in all of sports in a city with a lot more opportunities for his various businesses in that city? If anything, Cleveland owes him. What a bad-mattered thug…

    • catsarerunnin
      3:44 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Lighten up Francis. I was being sarcastic.

    • Luether
      6:01 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Hope he goes to the Celtics…

  11. I love Cal and hope he stays put, but that is not a denial.

    • RealCatsFan
      2:27 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      I would personally be very surprised to see him go. He has already done the NBA gig. He is comfortable in Lexington, his family calls it home, and the fishbowl of LA is ten times worse than even being the basketball coach at UK. Look at Cal – he has gotten older. I just can’t see him being drawn to all that. But hey, I’m not Cal either, so jmo.

  12. friendsofcoal
    1:51 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

    Who would want to coach in LA? Bow down to baby bron-bron, extremely liberal city, city could shake and fall into the pacific any day now. I don’t see Cal doing that.

    • Cal’s pretty liberal, so that’s not a factor.

    • RealCatsFan
      2:28 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      There are actually people out there who would find an “extremely liberal city” to be a selling point. Takes all types, they say.

    • bigbluebanana
      2:39 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Coal, I love ya dude, but you gotta stop using “liberal” like it’s a bad word. Same thing with liberal people using “conservative” as a bad word. That’s not helping. There’s insane people on the left, right, and middle…and everywhere in between. The same way I do t equate all conservatives with trump or Alex Jones, you gotta stop equating all of us with Hilary or some SJW complaining about how cows in Wisconsin don’t get medical leave time to meditate on life. It only goes to feed and further the divisive narrative that crazies on both sides want us fighting over.

    • RealCatsFan
      3:41 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Very well said, triple-b. 🙂

    • Luether
      6:03 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Due primarily to Democ Rat policies, CA is now the epicenter of poverty, homelessness, and fiscal irresponsibility. Coming soon, it will be the epicenter of crime…

    • henderblue
      6:04 pm January 31, 2019 Permalink

      Good call bigbluebanana…particularly your last sentence..

  13. Racerr11
    11:21 am February 1, 2019 Permalink

    AD please don’t go play with lj he’s a thug and you are a quality person it won’t work

  14. Racerr11
    11:23 am February 1, 2019 Permalink

    Liberals are mainly Democrats or from California either way they stink.

  15. Alleykat16
    1:56 pm February 1, 2019 Permalink

    You coach players like Cal coaches in the NBA they tell you “suck a big one ” it’s a totally different world in the NBA. PLUS Brad is still here for an extra year now since he’s redshirting.