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The Lakers plan to contact John Calipari (Yawn.)

He insists he will stay in Lexington for another season, but that won’t stop the Los Angeles Lakers from at least calling John Calipari to gauge his interest in the new head coaching vacancy in L.A. The Lakers will reportedly reach out to Calipari and UConn head coach Kevin Ollie as potential replacements for Mike D’Antoni.

Word spread a couple hours after Calipari sent out this tweet early Thursday morning:

He’s totally committed, people.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

81 Comments for The Lakers plan to contact John Calipari (Yawn.)

  1. KevinM
    5:07 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Drew, that pic looks convincing…..but I’ll take Cal’s word for it as we take another stab at #9!

  2. Kyle
    5:07 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    “Leave this group?” So that doesn’t rule out leaving next year. Interesting choice of words.

  3. the burg
    5:08 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Shouldn’t we be used to both sides of the coin by now?

  4. General Hot Dog
    5:09 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Said the same stuff before he left Memphis for UK.

  5. ciphercomplete
    5:13 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    What scares me about the Lakers and Cal is free agency. People have raised the relationship that Ollie has with Durant as a reason why the Lakers might hire him. No way Ollie turns that down if he gets assurances from Durant. What if Cal and Lebron have a similar friendship. What if the Lakers say to Lebron “come here and you can pick your next coach” and Lebron says he wants Cal? No way Cal turns that down. I wouldn’t blame him either.

    • JustSayin
      5:22 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      You realize Miami just finished the 1st round of the playoffs right? So assuming they make it to the Finals there is another 3-4 weeks of basketball for them. Assume Miami wins, you think Lebron is gonna wink and contact the Lakers to hire Cal? All the while, weeks or months go by and no HC for the Lakers. Media asking every day. Fans asking every day. Not to mention Cal’s hip surgery, which is TOMORROW i believe. You think Cal is excited about the Lakers and their preseason games, 82 game regular season, maybe playoffs. And no guarantee that no matter how hard he recruits free agents that he’ll even get the players he wants. Cal was in the pros before and if he gets on some player with a multi-year contract that isn’t playing defense and that player tells him “EFF YOU” do you think Cal will be able to sit him while they are losing games? Come on man … use some common sense.

      5:56 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      I’d maybe believe it if Kobe wasn’t already there. D-Wade gettin old and Lebron could be lookin for his next team in LA that he can build. Won’t happen with Kobe tho so were safe at least this year. If he does leave for some reason I know a coach at Texas Tech that is good at winnin with others players lol. Bring him in for a year

    • ciphercomplete
      6:25 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      I didn’t say these things would happen or that I expect them to. I also don’t get the general sentiment from BBN that Cal would never consider the NBA because long season, players league etc. Not buying that at all.

      The fact of the matter is that the Lakers have a boatload of cap space coming into two of the greatest off seasons for free agency that I can remember and they will be able to land some major talent. That would intrigue any coach. I will say this though, The Lakers are the perfect storm, (history, Kobe on the mend, and major cap space) so if Cal doesn’t leave for them then we will have him for at least 5 more years or until he gets sick of us.

  6. rnet
    5:14 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    why photo shop the Lakers gear , little unnecessary

  7. the burg
    5:14 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Oh’ I know! Let’s hire Barry Rohrsson to make it look like we are staying and THEN leave.

  8. Caltothelakers
    5:16 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Let him go to the Lakers now. And get a real coach in here. That way #9 is possible with this group.

    • UKBlue1!
      5:34 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Tubby was a great x and o’s coach. It got us NOTHING……I’ll take Calipari anytime. three final fours in 5 years. If he stays another 5 he will probably win 1 or 2 more titles. Sounds like success. I hope he does not go to the NBA. I’d like to have him coach the Cats another 10 years.

    • the burg
      5:34 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      If he leaves the kids leave.

    • You should cast over there
      6:50 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Trolling, trolling, trolling. Keep those losers trolling.

  9. raccoon
    5:16 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    I am not delusional about Cal staying here forever. Unlike at Memphis we at least know that he won’t leave UK for another college job, so it is only the NBA. I think that if he wins another title at UK, he may consider leaving at some point, especially if the rules aren’t changed to stop the one-and-done. But he isn’t leaving an overwhelming preseason #1 team that actually has experience. And if he was, he wouldn’t go to a declining Lakers team. Old Kobe and Swaggy P? Give me a break. There are better situations out there. He isn’t going to a project where he has to worry about building the team in his first couple years and could easily get fired.

    • Mark
      6:28 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Your post is the only one that makes any sense here. Cal said that if the NBA changed the rule so the kids would have to stay 2 years, he would retire from here. It is in the works. This year, he has got almost the same with all but two staying. He ain’t going anywhere.

  10. UKSupporter76
    5:19 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Crappy click-bait from the Worldwide Leader. Headline leads you to believe Cal and Ollie will be primary targets. Articles mentions Cal once saying they’ll contact him and Ollie “to at least gauge their interest in the job” then goes on for 11 paragraphs about other candidates. That’s not to say that he wouldn’t still leave if he got the right offer (I still don’t think Pitino had any intention of leaving until the Celts gave him the most absurd offer ever made at the time) but I don’t think that offer is coming this year. I agree with Matt. We should have him for at least one more year.

    • Caltothelakers
      5:24 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      One more year is fine with me. Win #9 and move on. And if he can’t win #9 with this group, then he needs to move on. Helluva recruiter/salesman, average coach at best. And BBN know that.

    • Still in Guiness
      6:53 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      I’m pretty sure the Pitino to Boston deal still holds up as the most ridiculous offer ever. It was total lunacy.

    • Dee W.
      10:40 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      “And BBN know that.”

      LOL – right, right. Love you “concern trolls” who show up here from other fan bases offering us advice and telling us what we apparently know and believe.

      Go away.

  11. Blue Hair
    5:23 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    The GM isn’t doing his job if he doesn’t ask

  12. CPACAT
    5:24 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Nice photoshop……but you neglected to change the Name Card in front of him from “John Calipari, Kentucky” to John “Calipari, Lakers”

  13. brain
    5:26 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Cal will retire at UK. Get used to it haters.

    • CAL
      5:52 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Brian, you misspelled your name. Use your brian.

    • Mark
      6:33 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      I agree Brain….. Maybe he intended to call his self “brain”. I don’t really give a rats ass if you miss spell a word anyway.

    • brain
      6:40 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Escape from NY.

    • Irony
      6:54 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Like say misspell?

  14. KaPowl
    5:26 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    I’m sure Wilbon will declare Cal gone tonight on PTI (or beg him to at the least)

    • SoCal Will
      6:22 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Why would any Cat fan watch PTI? Life is short.

    • Blue
      7:49 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      PTI=Pardon Their Ignorance

  15. good grief
    5:27 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Why would you post that photoshop on a KENTUCKY FAN SITE? You guys are idiots.

  16. the burg
    5:32 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    What if Cal creates his own league??? What if his son goes to community college in CALifornia?? What if NASA starts back the shuttle flights??? What if the New Madrid fault does shift????

  17. bosshogg24
    5:38 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Why isn’t Bill Self the front runner for the Lakers job? How about Coach K, Roy Williams, Donovan or Tom Crean? Calipari must have something that they don’t have!

    • Mark
      6:34 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Bravo!!!!! Great Post!!!!

    • Blue
      7:51 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      One thing he has that the others don’t is a team that’s more talented than the Lakers.

  18. Derp
    5:53 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    It amazes me how dumb many of you people are. Cal isn’t going anywhere for a long time.

  19. JimG
    5:54 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Not good……He may go but I pray he doesnt. I hope he retires here.

    It would be very difficult to replace him with anyone who can recruit like he does and keep the UK brand out front of everyone else like Cal has.

  20. Nick
    5:59 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    That Photoshop was WAY to good and scared the crap out of me.

  21. jeff j
    6:01 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    calm down folks; if he leaves tomorrow i’ll still love him respect him remember him GO CATS !!!

  22. Memphis Tigers
    6:12 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    “I came to the University of Memphis to rebuild a winning basketball program, and it is my intention to stay here until we get the job done,” Calipari said in a statement on Wednesday. “I view the task at the University of Memphis as much the same as we did at UMass. I stayed there for the long term.”

    -Actual quote by John Calipari.

    • raccoon
      6:26 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Yeah, when he was at Memphis there was Kentucky. Now that he is at Kentucky, there is still just Kentucky. He wants to win multiple titles. Don’t think that the fact that Pitino has 2 and Calhoun has 3, while he only has one doesn’t bother him.

    • Colonel Chick-fil-A
      6:31 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      CAL did, at Memphis, what he said he was gonna do; and, he completed the job.

    • Mark
      6:38 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      If I lived in Memphis, I would figure out a way to move too!

  23. ukcat1
    6:13 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    UK may be better than the Lakers next year!

  24. Reddington
    6:17 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    So many people are too clingy and let the decisions of others control them too much. Stop waiting for it to rain and enjoy the sun. Goodness.

    • Good luck with that one
      6:58 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      You share some wonderful wisdom but I fear you are too optimistic if you think anyone around KSR has anything but deaf ears. They’re probably working on a bracketology article for the 2022-2023 season as we speak.

  25. Truth
    6:23 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Memphis Head Coach John Calipari shortly before he took the Kentucky job

    “This is where I want to coach, and my name will be tied to every job that’s open, and our fans I think have gotten used to it.”

    • Derp
      6:26 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      First of all, you’re an idiot. Second, this isn’t Memphis… It’s Kentucky. Big difference

    • Herp Derp
      6:33 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      First of all, Derp you’re a bigger idiot. Second, this isn’t Kentucky… It’s the Lakers. Big Difference.
      See what I did there?

    • Derp
      6:50 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Hey ass clown… Cal IS NOT going anywhere. If you believe otherwise, you sir, are indeed an idiot. First of all, he would probably take a pay cut. Second, with our team coming in next year, and every year after that for that matter, will be too loaded (loaded enough to beat the current lakers team). Also, Cal has said many times he is not leaving and that if they change the rule to 2 years he will retire here (I don’t give a fug what he said at Memphis). Another reason why he won’t leave is because most lakers fans don’t want him, therefore he would not be a popular hire. Need I go on? Bottom line… You’re dumb as hell. See what I did there?

    • NO
      7:03 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      If Cal went to the Lakers he would certainly NOT take a pay cut. They would make him the highest paid coach in basketball. The Lakers are going to have a major overhaul from this years team to next years team. They have a lottery pick, and its common knowledge that they will bring in 2 major free agents. Kevin Love is pretty much already on their roster. Kobe is coming back, maybe they land
      Wiggins, Jabari Parker, or Randle, and grab another top FA. The Lakers are the poster team on the NBA and dont go for very long stretches of being bad. They will compete for a title very soon with or without Cal.

    • Derp
      7:08 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      It doesn’t matter who the Lakers get. Cal isn’t going anywhere… Bottom line. It’s a done deal so just stop. Use some logic.

    • Derp
      7:11 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Not to mention, Cal has ultimate job security at UK. Definitely won’t have that at LA

    • Herp Derp
      7:30 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      U mad bro? U mad cuz Cal’s leaving? No reason to get mad.

    • Derp
      7:33 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Yea bro… Yea bro I’m mad. Not because you think Cal is leaving, but because you don’t realize how big of a tool you are… Bro.

    • Derp
      7:35 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      I’m guessing you’re a UL fan? Bro?

  26. Derp
    6:28 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Anyone who truly thinks Cal will leave this year needs to go back to the 3rd grade, because you are dumb as hell

    • Education Pays
      7:32 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Third grade? That’s considered graduate school in Kentucky.

    • Derp
      7:36 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      And where are you from?

    • Cal is gone
      12:17 am May 2, 2014 Permalink

      You’re a dumbass derp just stop talking

    • Derp
      3:26 am May 2, 2014 Permalink

      How about you stop getting on opposing teams websites to talk shit little bitch. What’s your name?

    • Derp
      3:28 am May 2, 2014 Permalink

      At least give me an email so we can set up a date for me to beat the fug out of you

    • twnky
      6:49 am May 2, 2014 Permalink

      wow glad to see we are all grown ups here. derp im with you on the whole cal thing, but saying you want “an email so we can set up a date for me to beat the fug out of you”…. now your acting like a ul fan. Who cares what this guy says? Hes got your goat. Chill out its derby time and cal isn’t going anywhere. As always GO BIG BLUE

    • Cal is gone
      10:49 am May 2, 2014 Permalink

      Are you insecure with yourself derp?

  27. Wildcat Blue
    6:32 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    While I don’t think coach will leave, it would not surprise me if he did. The intrigue of running the biggest basketball organization in the world in the Lakers is something that i think appeals to Cal. I dont think it will happen, but at the same time, I’m praying it doesnt. Go Cats!

    • brain
      6:42 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t waste prayers on something so ridiculous.

  28. JimG
    6:41 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    I dont think he would leave this year because of the groupe coming in and who is coming back and also his surgery coming up but next year he may go….

  29. JimG
    6:42 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    I meant “Group”

  30. Shabazz best balla in college
    7:14 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    The Lakers just fired a guy that can’t coach one side of the ball. Why would they want a coach that can’t coach either side?

    • BBN
      8:56 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Welcome to the UL fans from Cardinal Authority!!

      #EnjoyTheVisit #SixAndOneMustSuck

    • Rick Pitino
      9:21 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

      I hope Calipari leaves, I just can’t compete with him. On behalf of myself, and the entire Card nation…..Please!!!Please!!! Go to LA we beg you, we will do anything, even if it only takes 15 seconds.

  31. JimG
    7:32 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    “Shabazz” They wouldnt definetly hire a idiot as yourself……Louisville Troll.

  32. Shawn
    9:38 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    1. Why would an NBA team contact Ollie after only one season as a head coach?

    2. Cal Isnt an LA kinda guy and he gave us his word. He Isnt leaving this year folks, so just chill out.

    3. Coach K used to go through this all the time. At one time the media even jumped the gun and said he was the Lakers new coach years ago. I wonder why NBA teams stopped trying to get Coach K to jump to the NBA? If Coach K can stay at the college level and finish out his career then so can Calipari.

  33. Lcat
    9:58 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    He gone-10M yr-5 yrs. Contract on his desk as we speak. Who will be our next coach? Seth Greenberg at top of list…

  34. the burg
    10:07 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    Some people ASSume too much.

  35. Lexington 3
    10:46 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    I sure as hell hope that Cal doesn’t leave for the NBA yet. But if he does then it will at least be fun to see Rex tell all of his haters around here to suck it.

  36. Rex Chapman
    10:48 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    I told you

  37. Bob
    12:21 am May 2, 2014 Permalink

    Here we go again when are you guys going to get it? Coach Cal will retire at Kentucky if this same bunch of stress chills out . Every year the same ole song and dance . Coach Cal will be another great in NCAA basketball and if anyone ever has an chance to break coach Woodens record it is coach Cal.He is doing things never seen before in NCAA basketball . All i can say is trust and back coach Cal and enjoy the ride .I have 5 signed UK players pictures outof 12 coachs and teams on my wall in my den Rex Chapman is one of the 5 . This should tell everyone something . However i disagree as to coach Cal leaving UK . He has everything he needs at Ky. is accomplish his dreams . The first few years was he an cheat then on to he can’t coach and win under his system and NBA rummors. People look at Pinto take an hard look at Pinto . Say what you want but Pinto is one of the best coachs in the nation. It seems so quickly we forget he took that job when UK was standing on broken glass just missing the death sentence and he rebuild this program to an elite status. He couldn’t have sucess in the NBA . Coach Cal knows also your an pawn not an coach in the NBA. You people taking about James picking his coach just futher proves my point .I think what we are seeing coach Cal bring to the table has never been seen before in NCAA history . I watch him over the pass 5 years completely build and basketball team and now he starting to build an team with an bench thats can play with any team .You know the same ole crowd just this season he can’t coach Ky lost 10 games but the final dance whom was dancing ?

    • Matt Chones
      5:52 am May 2, 2014 Permalink

      Bob, bullet points and English please.

    • twnky
      6:58 am May 2, 2014 Permalink

      My head hurts from reading that. Or should I say hurt my head it does from reading what you written. Did Ryan Lemond post this?

  38. Sammydog
    9:53 am May 2, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t understand why everyone assumes Cal will eventually go the NBA. What would be in it for him except for ego? He is already wealthy and has become a major force in moving college basketball toward a modern model. He is a family man who likes to have close involvement with his community. Why would he want the grueling schedule win at all costs cold business model of the NBA when he is the master of his fate at UK? I believe him when he says he is not interested.