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That didn’t take long: Let the Calipari to the Knicks rumors begin

Apr 4, 2012, 1:55 AM EDT

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In honesty, the buzz had started before Kentucky won the national championship, before the NCAA Tournament had even started.

John Calipari — maybe the ultimate players’ coach — was going to be in the running for the New York Knicks job. Over at Yahoo Adrian Wojnarowski writes about how the job is a perfect setup for Calipari.

He has his NCAA championship now, and the New York Knicks have three necessities that Calipari desperately needs: a vacancy, a big stage and a blank check….

The circumstances are aligned for Calipari to make a move: the validation of an NCAA title, a suspect relationship with his athletic director and his ability to leverage a monumental contract out of the Knicks. Calipari is a great salesman, and he’ll sell owner James Dolan on his ability to get the most out of Carmelo Anthony, to keep the Garden sold out and get the Knicks winning in the postseason again. Dolan can’t sell results as an owner, so he’s always selling a new savior. Now, Calipari is no longer the failed ex-Nets coach, but the national champion Kentucky Wildcats coach.

Wojnarowski goes on to make a good point — no team with a strong general manager is going to bring in Calipari. This is going to be an owner’s hire — and James Dolan is the kind of owner looking to make a splashy, big-name hire.

It is believed that the coach Dolan really wants is Phil Jackson — the former Knick player with 11 rings. But to me that seems a longshot. For one, Jackson is just now getting healthy and after watching how worn down he seemed at the end of the Lakers run, I don’t think he wants to go back. Plus, this Knicks roster poorly set up for the triangle. Jackson already has a legacy as (arguably) the greatest coach ever and he’s rich. I’m not sure he gives his life now up.

If Jackson doesn’t pan out, World Wide Wes will be there to help guide Calipari toward the Knicks.

This may not work out either. Some teams in the NBA run parts of his motion offense but certainly not like Kentucky does. He is a solid game coach but not spectacular. And while player relations are his strength, you can’t recruit your way to an NBA title.

Even so, the rumors have started. And they are not going to stop until the Knicks hire a coach next summer.

  1. AlohaMrHand - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Looks like UK is under investigation already….

    • jimbo75025 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Not yet-give it another 2 years until one of his bonus babies lets something slip in an interview once he is an NBA all star, Maybe Calipari is just trying to get ahead of the curve this time before another one of his Final Fours is vacated.

    • carolinakid - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      Damn, you guys beat me to it.

      The best NCAA championship money can buy.

    • drunkenjunk - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      you know what they’re under investigation for? I’m just curious.

    • kcirtapretrac - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      I’m a lifelong Kentucky fan, but I think you’ve all changed my mind. I’d never realized how wrong I was until I read all of the nuanced and well-considered comments that follow this article.

      Thank you all for helping me see the error of my ways. Keep up the good work!

  2. wayne1693 - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    Who is ‘Wes’?

  3. cantonbound13 - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    No!!!!! Get Phil, Sloan or keep Woodson!

  4. jimbo75025 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    wayne1693 – Apr 4, 2012 at 5:07 AM
    Who is ‘Wes’?


    The money man behind Calipari wherever he has been. Think “Happy” from Blue Chips.

    • mjbulls45 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      1 of the greatest films of all time,

      the intro speech in the beginning of the movie is classic, when nolte comes back into the locker room

  5. Hello. Is that you James? - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    What “rumors” are you referring to? So once a journalist writes something about how it’d be cool if someone went somewhere, then it’s a rumor?

    Sha’mone now!

  6. kansacity88 - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Probably gonna be someone taking a test for Anthony Davis….luckily he will pull a D Rose and be in the NBA by the time everything comes to light!

  7. boilerup1869 - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Haha John Calipari is so greasy it’s hard not to like him.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    I want that clown nowhere NEAR my team. Woody is an excellent coach and the players love playing for him. Dolan doesn’t like bringing in an outside guy unless the team is in utter disarray. Woody has righted the ship.

    Calipari is a joke. Sonny Vaccaro, Jr., he is. That man ain’t no coach. He’s just a used car salesman.

    • darealrandolph - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      we need Calipari bro

      • darealrandolph - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        he bring star power

  9. lakerluver - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Coach Cal can be the King of Kentucky in the same way that Coach rules at Duke. If he keeps recruiting like he’s always done he will win multiple titles. The Knicks are a soap opera and he’d be going there to ultimately get fired.

  10. darealrandolph - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    knicks need to get this done cuz John Calipari brings the ca shay and a knicks fan we need star power in NYC

  11. suhnum1fan - Apr 4, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    This sleaze ball is such a con artist and fake…karma’s a b?tch

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