Before last nights game, former Kentucky player Rex Chapman tweeted out a very interesting tidbit that got the entire Big Blue Nation stirring. The tweet, which you can see below, connected John Calipari to the LA Lakers for next season. If this is true, this would be a huge blow to a team that is likely to lose a few players off their team and has already lost their top assistant, who left to become head coach at South Florida.
— Rex Chapman (@rexchapman) April 7, 2014
After the game last night, Calipari was asked about the rumors in the postgame press conference. “Kentucky has a basketball coach. I have the best job in the country. I’m not going to even dignify that stuff.” While we as the Big Blue Nation certainly hope it is not true, Rex Chapman seems to think that his sources are very credible. This even despite what Cal said at the podium last night. Add this with the fact that people within the Lakers organization are saying that this is not true, and we have ourselves a giant mess of rumors swirling around.
Now, if this all turns out to be true, then who would we want as our next head coach? Personally, the top three people on my list would be Archie Miller, Sean Miller, and Shaka Smart. All three of these coaches are high energy guys with brilliant basketball smarts. This is, of course, if we couldn’t somehow get Orlando Antigua back to Lexington somehow. With either of the Miller brothers, we would be able to haul in top recruits and have a fun and loose style of play. On the other hand, with Shaka Smart, we would see high intensity play that is pinnacled by stiff defense. With the caliber of athletes the Kentucky name would be able to pull in, this would be something that Smart could never have imagined.
Of course, none of this will matter if all of these rumors stay rumors. Let’s hope that is the case, BBN. If it’s not, it could be a very long offseason for us all.