Despite comments made to the Cleveland Plain Dealer this week, Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari is not going anywhere.
In an interview with The Plain Dealer‘s Cleveland Cavaliers beat writer Mary Schmitt Boyer yesterday, the cat came out of the bag. This time, it was not media speculation that a team like the New York Knicks or Los Angeles Lakers would reach out to the Wildcats coach. It was John Calipari himself.
“I’m not in a position where I would leave Kentucky right now. I’m not sure whether this is his last contract, or his next-to-last contract. But I would tell you if I had a chance to, I would absolutely.”
Calipari said he would love the chance to coach Lebron James but it’s not as easy as it looks. He said so himself.
The Miami Heat are not looking for a new coach. Last I checked, that was where the talented basketball player was playing. However, James has an early termination option for the 2014-15 season with a player option the following season.
Could he walk and return home to Cleveland? I don’t know. It’s beside the point. The two have not discussed Calipari coaching James at all.
There is a way where Calipari could coach an aging Lebron James in a few years and that is when the 2010 Olympics comes around. Would Calipari want to coach the United States National Team? After all, so many current and former Kentucky players would be likely candidates for the team that aims to get to the 2020 games.