Kevin Knox does not foresee a scenario where he’s once again coached by John Calipari.
Last week the NBA rumor mill fired up when the New York Knicks made two significant front office moves, hiring Worldwide Wes and Leon Rose to lead the franchise’s front office. Friends of John Calipari’s, NBA fans immediately connected the dots, inserting Coach Cal as the obvious choice to be the Knicks’ next head coach.
Two days later Calipari expressed enthusiasm to help Rose, a former NBA agent, with any personnel advice, but denied any interest to fill his head coaching vacancy.
“I’ve known him for 25 years, dear friend. He was in a rough-and-tumble business [as an NBA agent]. Really, in that business, it was a sport too. Like, it was body-to-body contact. It is. I have never heard anyone, in 25 years, say a bad word about Leon Rose. Not one. In a rough-and-tumble sport that he’s in, he’s a gatherer, he’s a culture builder. I understand why they would do it if they do that.
“Because I’m so close with him, I would help him in any way I could being a resource,” Calipari said of Rose. “You want to call me about college players, my own players, I’m here. It just wouldn’t be to coach.”
Rose formerly represented a couple of Calipari’s Cats — Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The Knicks also employ a former Wildcat, Kevin Knox. Two years removed from his time in Lexington, Knox does not believe Calipari would leave UK to return to the professional ranks.
“When Cal says he’s not going to do something, he’s pretty solid he’s not going to do it. I think he’s come out, multiple reports, saying he’s doesn’t want to do it,” Knox said Tuesday afternoon. “Cal loves Kentucky, he runs that state. The fans love him there, he’s got the basketball program on lock there. I don’t think he would leave that opportunity to help kids get to the NBA. That’s something he loves to do.”
Kevin Knox doesn't think John Calipari would leave Kentucky to coach the Knicks:
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No matter how often we hear similar statements, Calipari’s name will still be tied to that vacancy until the Knicks find a new head coach.