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By LARRY VAUGHT

Once again, the NBA rumors are flowing about John Calipari — this time getting a mega deal with the New York Knicks. Once again, the Kentucky coach is doing all he can to downplay them.

“I don’t pay any attention to it. The job I have to do here, to develop these kids and get ‘em right is all-encompassing. My focus is here and I don’t get into all that, rumors and innuendo. And it won’t be the last one that’s out there, and I just don’t deal with it,” said Calipari Friday.

Would he like to go back to the NBA?

“I’m good where I am. I’ve said it publicly. What makes this unique – and I mentioned today driving in, I was reading a new book, and it’s about purpose – and the purpose here is real clear to me. I’m getting someone’s child, and my job is to develop them in all areas, not just on the basketball court, to prepare them for reaching their dreams,” Calipari said. “And when they reach their dreams, they become successful and understand the bigger picture.

“John Wall gave a million back to charity, DeMarcus Cousins gave a million back to charity when they signed contracts. And you see it here. And so my focus is on just, hey, this is what I’m doing. Here’s a purpose that is one that’s … it’s a heavy thing because you got people’s children. But this stage and what we do and how we prepare them has worked. So we’re just gonna keep working that way.”

37 Responses to Calipari on NBA rumors: “My focus is here and I don’t get into all that, rumors and innuendo.”

  • Little Baron says:

    Calipari is not going anywhere… as much as many national media and some local (the Tipton type) media dream of it happening.

    Calipari is fulfilling a mission, and in ONE SEASON he did more for UK basketball than Tubby did in a decade… no, don’t even think about counting the Pitino-developed-player team which coached themselves out of a Plow-Pulling contest that Tubby was trying to install.

    Calipari has set the new and higher standard in MANY areas, including the platinum recruiting standard, the gold PG standard, and the incredible fast-paced general player development… PLUS doing so much for communities, Lexington, the great state of Kentucky… not to mention the vulturous appetite for #1 everything by the BBN.

    • DanE says:

      I hat Calipari and everything he stands for. How would it have been if Issel played one year at KY and thenleft for NBA. Dump Cal and start building teams /

      • roger says:

        Then you must hate every coach who recruits the players Cal gets. They would be one and done regardless of where they go. What you really hate is that Cal is winning year after year and UK is at the top or near the top of college basketball.

        • the501keith says:

          Man if you were the coach at IUPUI and had 23 mcdonalds AA’s in a 4 year span you should have more than 1 nat championship, that makes coaching a whole lot easier, so therefore the proof is not in the pudding, when ur roster from top to bottom is head and shoulders above everyone else roster and there is only 1 title to show im not convinced on the coaches coaching abilities. Take Izzo or Crean and even the playing field, ill take those 2 and a couple of hand full of other coaches over cal everyday of the week!

          • Dave / New Mexico says:

            So you have little respect for Caliparis coaching abilities…Do you actually think anyone really gives a rat’s A$$ what you think? Perhaps your mama does.

          • BigGaySteve says:

            You just compared Crean to Izzo?

            That is ridiculous. Tom Crean isn’t even a decent coach.

      • DLancer says:

        But, then, an old quote that I have repeated time and time again over the years: “When you’re out In front, somebody’s always shooting at you.”

      • Woodropolis says:

        You’re a basic moron!! Cal is just playing by the rules! If you don’t think he would love to have his players for more than a year your crazy. Imagine if he had this class and the incoming. Kentucky would be unstoppable!!!

    • Lex says:

      Cal is not leaving Kentucky until the NCAA sanctions him. After getting caught a couple of times he is tougher to incriminate…his assistants will take the fall. Once he is tagged he will look for a NBA position. Just remember,he i$ a recruiter more than anything else.

  • Little Baron says:

    Calipari is not going anywhere… as much as many national media and some local (the Tipton type) media dream of it happening.

    Calipari is fulfilling a mission, and in ONE SEASON he did more for UK basketball than Tubby did in a decade… no, don’t even think about counting the Pitino-developed-player team which coached themselves out of a Plow-Pulling contest that Tubby was trying to install.

    Calipari has set the new and higher standard in MANY areas, including the platinum recruiting standard, the gold PG standard, and the incredible fast-paced general player development… PLUS doing so much for communities, Lexington, the great state of Kentucky… not to mention the vulturous appetite for #1 everything by the BBN.

  • Little Baron says:

    Calipari is not going anywhere… as much as many national media and some local (the Tipton type) media dream of it happening.

    Calipari is fulfilling a mission, and in ONE SEASON he did more for UK basketball than Tubby did in a decade… no, don’t even think about counting the Pitino-developed-player team which coached themselves out of a Plow-Pulling contest that Tubby was trying to install.

    Calipari has set the new and higher standard in MANY areas, including the platinum recruiting standard, the gold PG standard, and the incredible fast-paced general player development… PLUS doing so much for communities, Lexington, the great state of Kentucky… not to mention the vulturous appetite for #1 everything by the BBN.

    • King Ghidora says:

      Cal did more for UK in the first week he was coach than Smith did in a decade LB. :) He brought in Wall and Cousins and a bunch of other talent and the compass was set in no time by Cal. And the team has barely wavered from that direction since Cal came to town. They got a little off course last year but that stuff happens especially after winning it all.

      I think coaching college and coaching in the pros is very different. It takes a whole different set of skills. Players have to listen to their coach and in college the coach holds the keys to the magic kingdom of the NBA. In the pros the coach has to sell the players on some other notion. It’s not easy to do. The good coaches know they need to move to where the talent is. It makes coaching seem a lot easier that way. In college coaching you have to do everything from finding and signing talent to keeping kids in class after the season is over and they know they’re NBA bound. But Cal is right. The rewards of coaching college go far beyond coaching in the pros. You get to make a difference in the lives of young people. Plus you get pretty well at UK. I think Cal is for real about wanting to help the players. Good for him. There are some genuinely decent people in the world and I think he’s one of them. How much money can one guy spend anyway?

      Plus Cal is no spring chicken and he’s already tried the pro route once (and bombed). I think he’ll stay where he can do the most good in more ways than just his bank account.

  • UKkathy says:

    Oh, please please Coach Cal, DON’T LEAVE US. You are a fantastic coach at the best job in the country. The NBA will not love you as we do. You have been there and done that. I suppose the money is better and you have never won an NBA championship and could be a challenge; but as you say, you are molding young men to prepare them not only for a possible future in the NBA, but for life in general. And they all speak so highly of you. They respect you and you are definitely a father figure to them while they are at UK & they keep coming back. They need you as does the BBN. The other rumors I have heard is that Brad has one more year of high school and you would not consider leaving until he graduates. And if/when Lebron goes somewhere, you would go with him. Sure, he is a friend; but you have hundreds of thousands of friends who will hurt deeply if you leave. Please put this out of your mind once and for all and stay with us. I know one thing for sure, WE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU. You are a Kentuckian now! GO CATS!

  • UKkathy says:

    Oh, please please Coach Cal, DON’T LEAVE US. You are a fantastic coach at the best job in the country. The NBA will not love you as we do. You have been there and done that. I suppose the money is better and you have never won an NBA championship and could be a challenge; but as you say, you are molding young men to prepare them not only for a possible future in the NBA, but for life in general. And they all speak so highly of you. They respect you and you are definitely a father figure to them while they are at UK & they keep coming back. They need you as does the BBN. The other rumors I have heard is that Brad has one more year of high school and you would not consider leaving until he graduates. And if/when Lebron goes somewhere, you would go with him. Sure, he is a friend; but you have hundreds of thousands of friends who will hurt deeply if you leave. Please put this out of your mind once and for all and stay with us. I know one thing for sure, WE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU. You are a Kentuckian now! GO CATS!

  • UKkathy says:

    Oh, please please Coach Cal, DON’T LEAVE US. You are a fantastic coach at the best job in the country. The NBA will not love you as we do. You have been there and done that. I suppose the money is better and you have never won an NBA championship and could be a challenge; but as you say, you are molding young men to prepare them not only for a possible future in the NBA, but for life in general. And they all speak so highly of you. They respect you and you are definitely a father figure to them while they are at UK & they keep coming back. They need you as does the BBN. The other rumors I have heard is that Brad has one more year of high school and you would not consider leaving until he graduates. And if/when Lebron goes somewhere, you would go with him. Sure, he is a friend; but you have hundreds of thousands of friends who will hurt deeply if you leave. Please put this out of your mind once and for all and stay with us. I know one thing for sure, WE WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU. You are a Kentuckian now! GO CATS!

  • Katbluefan says:

    Why would Coach Cal leave the best coaching job anywhere and go to a league where he would have to put up with a bunch of over paid of egos. He is sending guys to the NBA who still respect him for what he did for them.

    • larryvaught says:

      Brad and Katbluefan,agree with both of you. And UKkathy, believe you can relax. Don’t see Calipari leaving

  • Brad says:

    Coach Cal has said publicly that UK will be his last coaching job. He will only leave UK when he retires from coaching. GM? Who knows what his life after UK has in store, bur LEXINGTON will be his last city he coaches in and BNN loves him!

    • Kokamo Joe says:

      Many UK fans still are livid because Pitino said that he was not interested in leaving UK. Coaches have to say that. Imagine Calipari holding a news conference and telling us this “You know that I love it here and that the fans love me” but I am going to keep my options open.” The love would go. Coaches simply cannot say that.
      Calipari told the Memphis fans that he was not leaving Memphis right up till the time that he signed with Kentucky and then he brought much of the talent that he had been recruiting to Memphis to Kentucky. Memphis people hate him for that and we love him for coming to Lexington.

      So don’t lay that “Coach Cal has said publically that UK will be his last job” on our coach. it sets him up to the same Pitino hate if he ever does leave us.

    • GO GREEN says:

      Do you know who the brown haired girl holding the football is?

  • Dave / New Mexico says:

    The absolute dumbest thing one could do would be to leave Kentucky to coach ANY pro team. Good Grief, Pitino proved that when he went to the storied Boston Celtics and left with his tail between his legs. I really think Calipari is smarter than that and I really think he’s dedicated to mentoring his players on the collegiate level. I have defended Calipari over the years when others criticize and accuse him, but I would find it very difficult to defend a decision to leave Kentucky.

  • Glenna says:

    Dear Cal: We love you and we need you to stay. Bring your son on the team and teach him to be a coach just like you. Then when he graduates, he can be your assistant, if he and you like. We fans need you and so do the players.

  • Bob says:

    Coach Cal has been there and done it concerning the NBA . I do not see money as an issue and besides whom would want to coach NY that door is always swinging .Coach Cal is where he needs to be doing what he needs to be doing and it seems to me each time he has an great team NBA rumors fly ! Pinto even said he should have never left Big Blue for the NBA. In all honesty there is alot of great sports teams across this nation but only one i compare to the Cats across the board the Green Bay Packers .

  • Joe says:

    You just have to look at Coach Cal’s comments and you see what is wrong with his program. His examples of teaching young men is that they gave a million dollars to charity when they signed their big contracts. Whatever happened to student athletes and earning an education. He cheated at two previous schools, it won’t be long until he is caught at Kentucky as well.

    • cats79 says:

      Joe whom ever you root for there’s jealousy in you. Time has change and Ky isn’t the only school that’s have one and done players besides can you blame the players leaving early for the big bucks to support there family. Personally i don’t like the rule either but life goes on.Just think had Cal players had stay three or four years since he’s been Ky coach i really think we would dominated college ball like during the UCLA days. GO CATS!!!!

    • Dave / New Mexico says:

      Don’t you trolls ever get tired of the same ol’ lines? See if you can come up with something original. You’re boring.

  • Curtis s. says:

    Why would he go any were else, just look at our Legends behind this College!

  • lunchbox says:

    rick pitino left a lot on the table an walked away I think cal wants to 1 up pitino, I think cal is the 1st coach to win 2 since rupp. cals a lil older than pitino was I jus don’t think cal’s leavin but if he does theres no hate here

  • Kokamo Joe says:

    Calipari is on top of the world. He has the best talent in the game. He is a cult hero and is worshiped with god status by a significant number of Cat fans. No coach in the country has this status, except maybe Coach K at Duke. Calipari has been a professional coach and was fired. Why would he want to go that route again. Money? Four to five million dollars a year should satisfy the most of the egos in the game.

    His staying at UK depends on the continuing success in recruiting. Let that slow down and he may begin to look elsewhere before the rock star status begins to fade. Another possible reason for him to leave would be if he has more years like last year, or if his super talent does not pan out as the typical fan wants.

    IMO this year is a test. He has the talent to win it all. What level of success will the fan accept? Must he win it all? Final Four? Great 8?

  • Katbluefan says:

    Just another Slick Rick rumor trying to get Cal out of KY. Pitino knows that as long as Cal stays at KY he will always be second fiddle to KY.

    • Kokoma Joe says:

      Let me see if I understand. Pitino starts rumors that Calipari might leave for the pros? Are you serious? Is there nothing that you can’t hang on Pitino.

      Just so you understand. Pitino was as beloved in his time as Calipari is today. Both rescued UK. Calipari from the mediocrity of Gillispie and Smith and Pitino from Sutton’s shame and probation. To me…and note I claim this only for me….to attack Pitino is the same as attacking Rupp. Both were highly successful coaches and both wrote important chapters in UK’s glorious history.

      Many of us are bent out of shape because Pitino left us and just as you find written on this thread about Calipari, some people feel that people would be stupid to leave the greatest basketball coaching job in the world. Be that as it may, it is time for us to move on and concentrate on what we have, which is the greatest recruiter in the history of the game.

      Pitino left with the program on top with a championship, final game, and the talent for Tubby Smith to win a championship after he left. I do not expect Calipari to do that. He loves it here too much to leave while the fans give him god status. But if the system does not produce the success that the fan base expects year after year a good portion of the fans will turn on him. That is when he might leave, and I expect that there will be some fanatics eager to close the door behind.

  • swank4 says:

    DON’T BE A RICK PITINO. YOU CAN BE LIKE THE COACH AT d##e WHAT EVER HIS NAME IS, EVERYTHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY NEED IS HERE IN KENTUCKY

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