By LARRY VAUGHT
It didn’t take long for the speculation — and informed, anonymous sources — to link Kentucky coach John Calipari with the vacant Los Angeles Lakers coaching job.
You might remember that former Wildcat Rex Chapman created a stir the night of the national championship game when he tweeted that it was a “done deal” what Calipari was leaving to coach the Lakers. Both Yahoo and ESPN reported that the Lakers were intrigued by Calipari and intended to gauge his interst.
Mike Bresnahan, the Lakers beat writer for the LA Times, tweeted this Thursday: “Lakers will interview George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Byron Scott and Rambis for coaching vacancy. Also, as reported earlier, Calipari + Ollie.”
Never mind that Calipari is scheduled to have hip surgery Friday and again expressed Thursday that he had no interest in the job. He makes more money at UK, will have more McDonald’s All-Americans on his roster next year than the Lakers will and has to know he has a great chance to win his second national championship next season.
But just get ready for a lot of Calipari-Lakers rumors in the weeks ahead until the Lakers finally hire a new coach even though he’s already done all he can with this message on Twitter Thursday to stop those stories:
“Before it starts, I’m totally committed to helping this group of young men reach their dreams. I wouldn’t & couldn’t leave this group!” Calipari posted on Twitter.