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Start the John Calipari rumors. Up first: New York Knicks.

Apr 8, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

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Every time there is a high profile coaching opening in the NBA this summer, Kentucky coach John Calipari’s name will come up.

Usually from an anonymous source. A source that probably is one of Calipari’s people (or CAA). But know that Calipari’s name will attach itself to job openings like a fly to… well, you get the idea.

Up first: The New York Knicks.

It seems fitting that Peter Vecsey should start these rumors off in the New York Post.

According to a team executive, who knows a thing or two about a thing or two regarding goings-on behind the screens, Dolan may have eyes for John Calipari … to run the front office and coach….

Does it make sense? Yes, especially in view of Dolan’s disinclination to do right by Walsh.

We’re talking about a marquee college coach fresh from another Final Four, who owns pro experience (some of it good with the Nets), is an outstanding recruiter (though the NBA’s salary cap may limit that impact), and relates remarkably well with young black players.

Now, this is Vecsey in the Post, so you should swing by the Morton’s Salt Factory in Chicago and pick up a 50-pound bag to go with this.

But as we said the other day, there is a vacuum because Knicks owner James Dolan has not picked up team president Donnie Walsh’s extension for next season (he has until the end of the month). And Dolan doesn’t speak to the media. Frankly I’d rather predict what Congress is going to do with the budget than try to predict Dolan. And nobody likes Congress right now.

In a world with no real information and an unpredictable owner, you get crazy rumors. Like Calipari. Which in this reality is not out of the realm of possibility, I guess.

  1. Utley's Hair - Apr 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    And for the first time in a few years, the Sixers should not be on the list of job openings. Thanks, Doug!!!!!

  2. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Apr 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    I like it, we need someone like Coach Cal to mold an offense that can play to the strengths of both Amare and Melo, and some D as well.

  3. purdueman - Apr 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Calipari is an unethical scumbag, and I’m sure that the NCAA would be thrilled to be rid of him! College coaches though rarely, if ever, succeed in the NBA because the prima donna, big contract guaranteed players oftentimes respond negatively to their “rah-rah” styles and sooner than later tell the coach to go take a flying fuc& at a rolling donut.

    The Knicks are the NBA poster child as to how NOT to run a franchise, so hiring Calipari would be consistent in the way that they choose to conduct business. I’m not a Knicks fan and I lived in Kentucky long enough back in the day to learn to despise UK; hope this happens!

  4. Kansachusetts - Apr 9, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Couldn’t the NBA just make a rule that Calipari and Rick Pitino come as a package deal? That way you’d always have enough sleaze on a slow news day.

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