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Not even Rex Chapman believes John Calipari will coach the Lakers

Apr 8, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

Former Kentucky basketball player Rex Chapman tweeted the Lakers will hire John Calipari as their next coach:

The Lakers denied it. Calipari wouldn’t dignify questions about it.

Of course they did. That’s how these things, even if true, work.

But the “reporter” usually doesn’t say he has no clue whether his report was accurate. However, that’s what Chapman did during an interview with Dan Patrick.

Patrick asked Chapman whether Calipari will still be coaching Kentucky next season.

“I think he will. But, again, who knows? That’s what I hope. That’s what I think. But I don’t know.”

I think we can put this rumor to bed.

  1. bballhistorian - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Rex Chapman had people shook up last night…

    • sportsfan18 - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Not people with brains…

  2. El Pollo Loco - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    At this point the Kentucky job is better than the Laker job.Whats in LA thats attractive?Kobe is near the end of his career they wasted a good portion of the salary cap on his contract,neither LeBron or Melo are signing there,Jim buss is still the owner.Besides coach Cal is a good recruiter but a so so coach.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      In my opinion, any NBA job is better than a college job. More money, better players, less rules, more exposure… the pros are the pros for a reason.

      • glenuendo - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        The only disadvantage I can see is the egos of the players in the pros are huge. In college, the coach has the biggest ego. If the coach feels like that isn’t an issue then go for it. If it is an issue, better stay in college.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Certainly. I don’t think an NBA job is always the right job over a college job, that really depends on the coach, what they want to do, etc. But it’s hard to argue it’s not a better job.

  3. musician0785 - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    “At this point the Kentucky job is better than the Laker job.Whats in LA thats attractive?”

    dumbest post ever what’s so attractive? a 5mil dollar salary, the weather, the attention that comes with being coach of the Lakers ( and we know Cal loves him some attention) I understand the Lakers are a bit down right now but NO college job is better than coaching the Lakers.

    • aboogy123456 - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      It’s not like he has a hard act to follow either. I think any college coach would absolutely jump at the opportunity to coach the lakers.

      • kb2408 - Apr 8, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        @aboog…that’s LAKERS (all caps), my friend. Thanks.

      • sonnysuave - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        Correction kb2408 : LAKERS SUUUUUUUUCK! (all caps) Lol!

  4. thekingdave - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Twitter: making grown men sound like 11 year old girls since 2006.

  5. bucrightoff - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Why would Calipari leave Kentucky yet? He only leaves a place when the NCAA is closing in, and as of yet seems like they aren’t on Kentucky. But give it time…

  6. smackingfools - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    He is perfect for the corporate media. He should work for CNN.

  7. cantonbound13 - Apr 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    D’Antoni’s staying

  8. mackcarrington - Apr 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Rex must have been hitting that good ole’ Kentucky Bourbon.

  9. mogogo1 - Apr 8, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Just another example of where his skills don’t fit the job. He’s a fabulous recruiter who welcomes one-and-done guys with open arms and somehow manages to successfully rebuild the entire roster every season or two. None of those skills directly translate to coaching NBA players where you’d have to be building a long-term winner and keeping guys happy for more than 30 games.

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