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Slice says Calipari will always be courted by NBA teams


Last night, LeBron James and the Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals, giving Cleveland a chance to end its 51-year championship drought. The news was obviously huge for Cavs fans, but there were plenty of sighs of relief across the Bluegrass as well. After putting the Cavs in the finals in his first season, David Blatt appears to be in Cleveland to stay, meaning LeBron and the front office won’t be coming after John Calipari again for the foreseeable future.

On today’s show, Matt and Ryan discussed Cal’s NBA prospects, and Matt said he believes that Cleveland sticking with Blatt makes Calipari retiring at Kentucky more and more likely. Matt argued that as the years go by and Cal gets older–he’s 56 right now–his NBA appeal will decline because teams will go after younger coaches.

Meanwhile, in an interview with, Cal’s former assistant Slice Rohrssen said he thinks Cal will always be courted by NBA teams:

“My feelings are that he will always be in demand for an NBA job because he’s a players’ coach and he’s coached as many NBA players as there are out there now except he got them before they hit the NBA,” Rohrssen told

Slice also said he thinks coaching at the next level will always appeal to Cal:

“He lives for challenges,” he said. “He creates his own and he sets his bar high. There’s a confidence in him that allows him to strive for the goals and the bar that he sets.”

My opinion falls somewhere in between. I think Cal is totally engrossed in his mission to change families’ lives in his position as Kentucky’s coach; however, if the right team with the right players and the right amount of control came calling at the right time, I think he would consider it. Cal being Cal, he couldn’t help himself.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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10 Comments for Slice says Calipari will always be courted by NBA teams

  1. cbeard7
    3:24 pm May 27, 2015 Permalink

    I think Cal knows in his heart that Lebron is un-coachable and would rather remain friends wondering what if, as opposed to having competing egos on the an NBA sideline.

    • jrdh13
      3:51 pm May 27, 2015 Permalink

      how exactly is lebron on coachable?

    • jrdh13
      3:52 pm May 27, 2015 Permalink

      uncoachable sorry

    • cbeard7
      3:57 pm May 27, 2015 Permalink

      Just google “lebron james uncoachable” and take your pick. In Lebron’s defense, he probably doesn’t need a coach, just a game manager keeping up with fouls and timeouts.

  2. itsUKnotUofK
    3:57 pm May 27, 2015 Permalink

    I’d like to see where its written that Blatt is for sure the coach in Cleveland next year. If the Cavs get swept or only win 1 game in the finals….He’s gone

    • Catsby80
      4:02 pm May 27, 2015 Permalink

      do you honestly think they cavs are going to get swept or only win 1 game? does anyone really think that the cavs aren’t going to win it all?

    • ukbradstith
      4:12 pm May 27, 2015 Permalink

      No way, that team is horrible besides Lebron, so just getting to the finals is enough unless LBJ wants him gone.

    • itsUKnotUofK
      4:17 pm May 27, 2015 Permalink

      I think the cavs will be probably lose in 6 or 7. BUT….if they get swept or only win 1 then yes I can see the blame being thrown at Blatt. Lebron is the only opinion that will matter.

    • Catsby80
      4:30 pm May 27, 2015 Permalink

      How is the team horrible? They have the best player in the world, a great point guard, and Tristan Thompson has been playing out of his mind lately. I’ll be surprised if the cavs lose, honestly.

  3. KySportsFan
    4:53 pm May 27, 2015 Permalink

    To Blatt, or not to Blatt….How coachable or uncocahable LeBron is…whichever…whatever…debate…Mrs T you have written some excellent behind the scenes articles so to speak in the last few days. Happy Anniversary…and keep up the excellent work!