By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari again has told ESPN’s Andy Katz that he’s in “no hurry” to leave UK even though he admitted that he did talk to NBA teams.
Calipari coached the New Jersey Nets from 1996-1999 after he got Massachusetts to the Final Four in 1996 before he was fired. He spent time with Philadelphia as an assistant coach before going to Memphis and then Kentucky.
“You’re changing your profession is what you’re doing,” Calipari said. “I’m not 35 anymore. In the NBA, it’s going to be something different that moves you, not what you do for families. It’s a different deal. It’s a totally different profession. I’ve gone through it once. I think they fired me if I remember right. It was a great experience. But it was a different profession.
“I believe that I have the best job in the country. I’m not out there looking for another job. It’s not what I want. Do I talk to NBA teams? I always do. I will talk to NBA teams based on the fact my players are trying to be drafted. But I’m not out looking for a job. I’m not encouraging anybody to call me. I don’t need it to get a pay raise or any of that stuff. I’m good where I am.”
He also said he was “really, really with what we’ve got going at Kentucky” with a top freshman class to go with seven returning players off last year’s team that reached the national title game.