Nov 19, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts during the game against the Texas-Arlington Mavericks at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Texas-Arlington 105-76. Image Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Is Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari a candidate for the New York Knicks?


It’s the early portion of the NBA season and with teams struggling, the rumor mill for coaching changes has begun.


CBS Sports NBA writer Ken Berger writes that Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari is a candidate for the New York Knicks, who started the season at 3-8.

This does not mean that Calipari is going to leave Lexington anytime soon. These rumors are always going on. It also has to do with the fact that he is represented by Creative Artists Agency. CAA represents a large number of Knicks executives and players.

There’s no doubt that the Knicks need to turn things around this season. But if they do got, Berger writes:

If they don’t, anyone can see what’s coming: Mike Woodson gets fired, company man Herb Williams becomes the interim coach and the drumbeat begins in the background for John Calipari to make his long-awaited return to the NBA.

Due to their February 2011 trade for Carmelo Anthony, the Denver Nuggets or the Orlando Magic will have the Knicks’ first round pick.

One executive told Berger that Calipari “wants full control, bottom line.”

Berger also wites that “Calipari would instantly become the most powerful authority figure the Knicks have had since Isiah Thomas finally was run out of town.”

There’s no guarantee that this even comes to fruition. For right now, it’s just rumor. Calipari has a job to do and that’s to guide this year’s Kentucky Wildcats team to the 9th National Championship in school history.

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  • diverdown48

    Why would any coach of a class program that is highly paid want to go to NY and coach a team that has no chance of winning a championship and put up with NY fans. Get real.