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Calipari Deemed 5th Most Likely to Become the Next Lakers Coach


Despite his numerous public statements denying interest, John Calipari is still listed as the fifth most likely candidate to replace Mike D’antoni as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers by the oddsmakers at Betfair Sportsbook. Calipari is tied with Rick Pitino and Denver Nuggets coach Brian Shaw at 15-1 odds – with Steve Kerr, Derek Fisher, Jeff Van Gundy, and Stan Van Gandy being the four favorites.

Earlier reports listed Coach Cal as a 4-1 favorite, so the odds have decreased considerably in the past week. Regardless, 15-1 still seems high given crystal clear statements like these:

Why do bookies think he is more likely to take the job than Kevin Ollie or Tom Thibodeau? I have no clue. I can’t find the odds for the field over Calipari, but I’m thinking it would be a pretty good bet (if risking around $2000 to win $100 is your sort of thing). Below are the odds for the other potential coaches:

Steve Kerr: 1-1
Derek Fisher: 3-1
Jeff Van Gundy: 5-1
Stan Van Gundy: 12-1
John Calipari: 15-1
Brian Shaw: 15-1
Rick Pitino: 15-1
Lionel Hollins: 20-1
Byron Scott: 25-1
Kevin Ollie: 25-1
Tom Thibodeau: 25-1
Doc Rivers: 33-1
Ettore Messina: 33-1
Coach K: 33-1
Kobe Bryant: 33-1

Article written by Caleb Epley

Vanderbilt student, Kentucky fan. Skilled at using big words and telling bad jokes. Twitter: @CalebEpleyKSR

17 Comments for Calipari Deemed 5th Most Likely to Become the Next Lakers Coach

  1. Jordan
    5:17 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    Ehhh I’m sick of seeing this topic

    • schwing
      7:16 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

      yeah, but seeing kobe in there at 33:1 makes it worth it. for the laughs.

  2. bosshogg24
    5:19 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    Where is Bill Self, Billy Donovan, Roy Williams, Coach K? Why no interest in these coaches?

  3. Tense Calipari
    5:24 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    I’m settling in. Starting to relax and enjoy it.

  4. cjcat
    5:41 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    Do we know the date of the Kansas game in Chicago?

  5. SoCal Will
    6:06 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    Whomever Kobe wants will get the first offer….

  6. Kerrific
    6:07 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    I wish someone would explain to me why Kerr’s name always seems to pop up for these NBA vacancies. Is it his zero prior coaching experience? His limited and questionable time as a GM? Perhaps his ability to hit a jumper? If one of the most storied franchises in history chooses a rookie coach then a storied franchise gets what it deserves. Dumb. Better yet they could give it to a guy still playing in the league. Bizarre.

    • binarysolo
      8:30 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

      Former PGs on championship teams with zero coaching experience must be the flavor of the month right now, ala Kidd in Brooklyn. John Stockton ought to be dusting off his resume right about now.

  7. KYStout
    6:46 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    So Rick Pitino is a candidate for the Lakers job?

  8. Blonde Bomber
    7:40 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    J.B. Holmes wins the Wells Fargo Go J.B.

  9. Rex Chapman
    7:55 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink


    • the source
      6:50 pm May 5, 2014 Permalink

      rex chapman its a done deal i dont think you know as much about basketball as you lead on just my opinion cal is not going to the lakers i am telling you that right now

  10. catdaddyd
    8:52 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    Derek Fisher 3-1, isn’t he still playing for OKC?

  11. Shut up
    9:14 pm May 4, 2014 Permalink

    These odds are bs. Stop postin crap about Cal to nba on here until you actually get a real lead from a real source no one gives a sh!t. I trust Cal he said he’s not goin so he’s not goin move on to somethin else

    • Dee W.
      12:01 am May 5, 2014 Permalink

      He just hired a new assistant coach, who had to give up his previous job to get this job. Hiring new staff is not something he would do if he was leaving – especially since the guy he hired already had a job he had to resign from.

  12. He would actually have a salary cap in the NBA

    • Comedic genius
      12:29 am May 5, 2014 Permalink

      Louisville fans: so simple that they don’t get tired of the same joke despite repeating it thousands of times over the last 5 years.

      Maybe tell some knock knock jokes next time, bc those are fresh and original too.