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.”