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Knicks interested in UK coach John Calipari?

Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:16 pm
 
Are the New York Knicks interested in University of Kentucky coach John Calipari? Posted by Ben Golliver. john-calipari

Another day, another rumor surrounding the New York Knicks front office. All the hot air stems from the fact that Knicks owner James Dolan, to this point, has not picked up the contract option for team president Donnie Walsh, leading to speculation that this will be Walsh's final season in the big apple.

Friday's rumor, courtesy of the New York Post, has Dolan considering college basketball's top recruiter and former New Jersey Nets coach John Calipari.
According to a team executive, who knows a thing or two about a thing or two regarding goings-on behind the screens, believes Dolan may have eyes for John Calipari….to run the front office and coach. Do I have confirmation on this? No. I unsuccessfully reached out to Calipari and left a message why I was calling. Does it make sense? Yes, especially in view of Dolan’s disinclination to do right by Walsh.
We’re talking about a marquee (there’s that word again) college coach fresh from another Final Four, who owns pro experience (some of it good with the Nets), is an outstanding recruiter (though NBA’s salary cap may limit impact) and relates remarkably well with young black players.
Shortly after that rumor hit, SI.com acknowledged that it was a possibility but also raised some questions. 
There are also reasons to question whether the Knicks would consummate the relationship. Calipari's credentials as a bench coach will be questioned: Even though he has experience as a head coach for the Nets, he has failed to win an NCAA championship with Memphis or Kentucky. Coaching in the NBA is far more difficult than in college, and anyone who wants to shoot down the speculation can make the case that Calipari would represent a bench downgrade from Mike D'Antoni.
Will the next collective bargaining agreement maintain free-agency in its current form? How important will recruiting be in future? This story is going to generate a lot of discussion, but it's hard to imagine the Knicks taking such a risk unless they're absolutely convinced Calipari's presence will deliver a third star to New York.
Dolan is way out there as an NBA owner, but this is too much for him. If you're going to hire a big name recruiter, why bother saddling him with coaching responsibilties? If you already have a relatively proven coach in D'Antoni, why replace him for someone that bombed out of the NBA and has proven to be much more effective in college? 

It's clear Calipari wields significant influence in basketball circles. His former players -- even guys like Blazers center Marcus Camby who played for him ages ago -- always sing his praises. But he loves the limelight and he's got all the limelight he can handle in Kentucky, where he's revered as a local idol and just made this year's Final Four. 

Prying him away could eventually happen but not when he's at the top of his game.
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Bravesman
Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:35 am
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Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Knicks interested in UK coach John Calipari?

Aww.. still stinging from the sweet 16 and the elite 8 Bravesgirl? Ya know who likes to wish ill on other programs more than support their own? Pu$$ies. Ya know who goes on message boards posting the same jealous crap over and over? Whiny pu$$ies. Quit practicing self proctology and say something related to sports or reality sometime. This ain't gonna happen anyways, it's just a slow day so they threw out a Calapari to get people's attention. The Knicks fans don't want him, and he's not wanting to leave UK yet. Case closed. Cool


Bravesman
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Posted on: April 10, 2011 1:13 pm
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Since: Jun 10, 2008
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Knicks interested in UK coach John Calipari?

Knicks interested in UK coach John Calipari ... UK must be looking at trouble over the horizon if Calipari is jumping ship.



Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: April 9, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Knicks interested in UK coach John Calipari?

LOL, what a joke. The NCAA checks out all high profile athletes before they can accept a scholarship to attend university. Rose was checked out by the NCAA and was cleared to play. Cal and Memphis did what anyone would do after the player was cleared to play. They played them. It was a big shock to Calipari and the Memphis legal council when Rose was found ineligible. Rose said he took the SAT and the only evidence the NCAA had to discredit Rose was that the handwriting on the SAT didn’t match up with Rose’s handwriting. I don’t think that is sufficient enough evidence to determine that Rose didn’t take the SAT.As for Camby, coaches can’t be with their players 24/7. They have lives too and at some point the players are going to have to be responsible for their own actions.The Jay-Z thing is an NBA issue and not a NCAA issue. That’s bogus too because Michael Jordan is constantly on UNC’s campus and has been videotaped talking with UNC players. Youtube “Michael Jordan tells UNC Tar Heels he’ll get them any shoes if they go to the Final Four” Now that’s a NCAA issue AND a NBA issue… but nobody says a word about that.Finally, I don’t disagree with you about UK fans not wanting Calipari at one time. I remember wanting him when Tubby left, but everyone on Catspause didn’t and said he was slimy/dirty. They’ll tell you otherwise but they didn’t want to touch him with a 10 foot pool until after BG ruined the program.




Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: April 9, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Knicks interested in UK coach John Calipari?

LOL, what a joke. The NCAA checks out all high profile athletes before they can accept a scholarship to attend university. Rose was checked out by the NCAA and was cleared to play. Cal and Memphis did what anyone would do after the player was cleared to play. They played them. It was a big shock to Calipari and the Memphis legal council when Rose was found ineligible. Rose said he took the SAT and the only evidence the NCAA had to discredit Rose was that the handwriting on the SAT didn’t match up with Rose’s handwriting. I don’t think that is sufficient enough evidence to determine that Rose didn’t take the SAT.As for Camby, coaches can’t be with their players 24/7. They have lives too and at some point the players are going to have to be responsible for their own actions.The Jay-Z thing is an NBA issue and not a NCAA issue. That’s bogus too because Michael Jordan is constantly on UNC’s campus and has been videotaped talking with UNC players. Youtube “Michael Jordan tells UNC Tar Heels he’ll get them any shoes if they go to the Final Four” Now that’s a NCAA issue AND a NBA issue… but nobody says a word about that.Finally, I don’t disagree with you about UK fans not wanting Calipari at one time. I remember wanting him when Tubby left, but everyone on Catspause didn’t and said he was slimy/dirty. They’ll tell you otherwise but they didn’t want to touch him with a 10 foot pool until after BG ruined the program.




Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: April 9, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Knicks interested in UK coach John Calipari?

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LOL, what a joke. The NCAA checks out all high profile athletes before they can accept a scholarship to attend university. Rose was checked out by the NCAA and was cleared to play. Cal and Memphis did what anyone would do after the player was cleared to play. They played them. It was a big shock to Calipari and the Memphis legal council when Rose was found ineligible. Rose said he took the SAT and the only evidence the NCAA had to discredit Rose was that the handwriting on the SAT didn’t match up with Rose’s handwriting. I don’t think that is sufficient enough evidence to determine that Rose didn’t take the SAT.

 

As for Camby, coaches can’t be with their players 24/7. They have lives too and at some point the players are going to have to be responsible for their own actions.

 

The Jay-Z thing is an NBA issue and not a NCAA issue. That’s bogus too because Michael Jordan is constantly on UNC’s campus and has been videotaped talking with UNC players. Youtube “Michael Jordan tells UNC Tar Heels he’ll get them any shoes if they go to the Final Four” Now that’s a NCAA issue AND a NBA issue… but nobody says a word about that.

 

Finally, I don’t disagree with you about UK fans not wanting Calipari at one time. I remember wanting him when Tubby left, but everyone on Catspause didn’t and said he was slimy/dirty. They’ll tell you otherwise but they didn’t want to touch him with a 10 foot pool until after BG ruined the program.





Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: April 9, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Knicks interested in UK coach John Calipari?

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LOL, what a joke. The NCAA checks out all high profile athletes before they can accept a scholarship to attend university. Rose was checked out by the NCAA and was cleared to play. Cal and Memphis did what anyone would do after the player was cleared to play. They played them. It was a big shock to Calipari and the Memphis legal council when Rose was found ineligible. Rose said he took the SAT and the only evidence the NCAA had to discredit Rose was that the handwriting on the SAT didn’t match up with Rose’s handwriting. I don’t think that is sufficient enough evidence to determine that Rose didn’t take the SAT.

 As for Camby, coaches can’t be with their players 24/7. They have lives too and at some point the players are going to have to be responsible for their own actions.

 The Jay-Z thing is an NBA issue and not a NCAA issue. That’s bogus too because Michael Jordan is constantly on UNC’s campus and has been videotaped talking with UNC players. Youtube “Michael Jordan tells UNC Tar Heels he’ll get them any shoes if they go to the Final Four” Now that’s a NCAA issue AND a NBA issue… but nobody says a word about that.

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Finally, I don’t disagree with you about UK fans not wanting Calipari at one time. I remember wanting him when Tubby left, but everyone on Catspause didn’t and said he was slimy/dirty. They’ll tell you otherwise but they didn’t want to touch him with a 10 foot pool until after BG ruined the program.




Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: April 9, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Knicks interested in UK coach John Calipari?

Of course I did. That's the farce. Coach cal is, like most successful college coaches, a micro-manager of his players and assistants. To say that he wasn't aware of any misdeeds is to say that he was sleeping on the job. All he did was make sure he was far enough removed to not be able to be held accountable. Mob bosses, poloticians, and company executive criminals do the same thing. They make sure that there are enough people between them and the crime to ensure that they have plausable deniability. The fact remains that calipari has been involved in two programs that have gone down in flames and he left both programs in shambles. If it was just once, I would have considered it bad luck, but it's happened twice. Also, while at kentucky, he's already tried to bing a pro on board (Eric Bledsoe) and allowed an NBA owner to have improper relations with his players (Jay-Z). But I suppose all of these things are just other people's mistakes. I'm sorry, but there is no use talking to the blind faithful about coach cal. Ya'll just drink the kool-aid. The funniest thing is, Kentucky fans hated this guy just as much as everybody else, until he was announced as their next coach. Only one group of people at a time EVER support this snake. Those same fans always end up hating him too. Just ask UMass or Memphis.



Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: April 9, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Knicks interested in UK coach John Calipari?

I guess when you were reading about Marcus Camby and Derrick Rose you forgot to read where the NCAA told Calipari that he wasn't at risk of being charged for a violation in the Rose case and the NCAA acknowledged Calipari had no idea about the Marcus Camby situation.



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