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John Calipari will coach the Lakers next season, tweets Rex Chapman (Really, Rex Chapman?)

Apr 7, 2014, 10:33 PM EDT

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UPDATE 11:01 pm: Shockingly, it took almost no time for the Lakers to try and shoot this down. From Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

“I spoke to [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak and he said the rumor is untrue,” Lakers spokesman John Black said. “Mike D’Antoni is our coach. There have been no conversations about any specific names for any replacement.”

After the game John Calipari was asked about the rumors and… what did you expect him to say?

Two quick thoughts here:

First, the phrasing of that last sentence by the Lakers’ Black sure makes it sounds like the Lakers are thinking about moving on from D’Antoni after this season. Which is what a lot of the players and pretty much every Lakers’ fan wants. The Lakers may not want to pay two coaches at once, Mitch Kupchak may want to keep D’Antoni around, but someone’s head has to role for the worst season the Lakers have ever had in Los Angeles and D’Antoni is the likely candidate.

Second, just a reminder that how these kinds of things work: It all starts with back channel communications, where someone with ties to Calipari and someone with ties to the Lakers have an unofficial conversation. That may well have happened, initiated by either side. There may even be a level of mutual interest, and if so the talks move up the chain of command. But the real negotiations and decisions — with the real decision makers involved — are not going to come before the Lakers’ season ends, and likely not until after Kentucky players decide who is going into the draft and who is staying for another year. There is a lot of time, a lot details still to work out on both sides (including money), and a lot of things that can derail a deal. Which is to say nothing is anywhere near set in stone.

—Kurt Helin

10:33 pm: Remember when Pete Carroll broke the Phil Jackson-to-New York story?

This isn’t quite as weird a connection, but former Kentucky star Rex Chapman is tweeting John Calipari will leave the Wildcats for the Lakers after tonight’s NCAA championship game (hat tip: Matt Moore of Eye on Basketball):

Even if the Lakers are leaning toward keeping D’Antoni, there’s clear division on that among the team’s players. Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Chris Kaman and Jordan Hill have all reportedly had rifts with the coach. It would make sense they’re looking around.

And it would make sense Calipari wants to move on. The beauty of his one-and-done model is most of his team would be going with him, and I’m sure he’d be temped by an NBA job – especially in Los Angeles.

But Chapman’s tweets do not a credible rumor make.

Chapman has never been afraid to speak his mind, and he’s not a trained reporter with a background in evaluating the reliability of sources. Not that I have a reason to doubt him, but I have absolutely no reason to trust him on this.

Look, Calipari could coach the Lakers next season. I’d be surprised if it’s already agreed upon, though.

I’d be even more surprised if Chapman were the first to know with enough certainty to say so publicly.

  1. apkyletexas - Apr 7, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Calipari and 5 freshmen could beat whatever dog-and-pony show the Lakers put on the court next season.

    • kb2408 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Obviously, you have had a few too many tonight while enjoying the game! Go sleep it off. Kentucky might not beat UConn…they surely can’t beat an NBA team.

      • apkyletexas - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:50 AM

        I said they would beat the Lakers – who said anything about an NBA team?

  2. kb2408 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Mitch has already shot this rumor down, for whatever that’s worth. I don’t see it. I’m not sure if I’d even want to see it! Too big of a gamble.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:57 PM

      Very few coaches I can stand less than D’Antoni. Calipari is one.

  3. tmdill18 - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Oh yeah – “trained reporters” are always so,reliable. Nobody should ever believe anyone with news unless they are a rigorously “trained reporter”. Because a “trained reporter” has never misled or lied to anyone. Ever.

    • savvybynature - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      I’d say print journalists do a good job overall, but there are three types of reporters that you should never trust: 1) Television reporters, especially cable; 2) sports reporters, especially with anonymous sources; and 3) political reporters who work in Washington, especially with anonymous “insider” sources.

      • sportsfan18 - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        OK, let’s go through this…

        You said we could never trust television reporters. So this means ALL television reporters are now scratched off the list, regardless of what they report about (politics, sports etc…).

        You also said all sports reporters can’t be trusted. Well sports reporters come in many places, like newspapers, online and on TV. But, per you, we may scratch them ALL off.

        Finally you say we need to not trust political reporters in Washington. You didn’t specify whether on TV or online or in print, so they are ALL to be scratched off…

        You do realize this leaves a tiny amount of reporters out there right? We’re left with reporters who are not sports reporters and who don’t work in Washington and who aren’t on TV… Guess we get the online reporters and print reporters who don’t write about sports or work in Washington.

        Thanks for the tips…

      • savvybynature - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Yeah it’s really not that complicated.
        If you’re watching tv, you’re probably being entertained, not informed.
        As for sports and political reporters based in Washington, they are the only two types of print journalists that routinely get away with using anonymous sources. Other reporters are almost never allowed to use anonymous sources, and for good reason. When sources know they can give information anonymously, they tend to give false or misleading information to try and manipulate the situation to their favor, because they know they will get away with it.
        That still leaves a lot of reporters out there — ones that cover education, the economy, business, agriculture, local and state politics, transportation, the arts, housing, etc.

  4. campcouch - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    A Rex Chapman tweet is just as reliable as any reporter who used Twitter as a platform. Coach Cal has the suits and hair to fit in LA lol

  5. titansbro - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    If it does happen, you better believe Coach Cal will leave a wave of NCAA sanctions in his wake Pete Carroll style.

  6. unfly - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Man Lindsay Lohan really looks terrible these days.

  7. realfootballfan - Apr 7, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Isn’t the Wonder Dog a crackhead or something?

  8. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Lindsay Lohan does look pretty rough.
    Wait, what was I commenting on?..

  9. fiyeaglesfiy - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    John Calipari had a shot in the NBA and without much success. His biggest strength is recruiting and he’s a great college coach because he consistently recruits the best talents to play for him. If the Lakers want to dip into the college ranks for their next coach, Gregg Marshall from Wichita St reminds me of a young Greg Popovich…

  10. metalhead65 - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    so I guess calapari has heard the ncaa is coming to lexington for a visit then? time to wave bye bye to your championship banners and say hello to your friend probation wildcat fans!

  11. unxpexted1 - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    I don’t know if I want Calipari specifically with the Lakers but I think he can make it in the NBA. He did his one stint in the NBA, unsuccessfully, comes back and pretty much relevant every year. 3 finals appearances and 1 championship in the last 6-8 years. He knows how to deal with egos and get those egos working together, which is exactly what you need in the NBA. I don’t know how good he can be but i think he can make it. I’m confident he could coach a team to 23 wins or more which is exactly what Brad Stephens has done this year, and nobody is calling him a failure. So yea, i think Cal can make it.

  12. gensoric - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    “The Lakers may not want to pay to coaches at once, Mitch Kupchak may want to keep D’Antoni around, but someone’s head has to role for the worst season the Lakers have ever had in Los Angeles and D’Antoni is the likely candidate.”

    Ok dude, being a ‘sports writer’, discrediting ‘rumors’, you should at least proofread your own writing.. I see TWO mistakes already in the beginning. I don’t want to read any further as I can’t even take your command of English seriously and you want to convince us of your ‘opinion’ as a pro-sports writer? Hahaha.

    pay TWO coaches
    head has to ROLL

    sigh…

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