Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari has heard his name being mentioned for NBA jobs basically every year he’s been with the Wildcats.
Calipari addressed that idea during an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up!
“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."
This doesn’t mean that the Coach Cal-to-the-NBA rumors will go away, but he’ll continue to shoot them down while he’s at Kentucky.