John Calipari mentioned as a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers

Whether you love John Calipari or can’t stand him, there’s really no question he’ll stay with the Kentucky Wildcats until “he” decides to do something else.

While Calipari has let the program slip away since making four Final Fours in five years from 2011-15, he remains one of the best managers in the game and will likely continue to have enough success to keep his job. especially with your monstrous purchase.

What are the chances that you can leave for another job?

According to NBA reporter Sean DeveneyCalipari is ready to leave Kentucky, and the Los Angeles Lakers he could be an NBA option, assuming they eventually fire head coach Frank Vogel.

“I heard that Calipari would be willing to consider leaving Kentucky,” Deveney said. “He’s a god there, for sure, and it’s a comfortable situation, but the college game is getting harder and harder and the pro game has a lot of money that you can return and collect, and you don’t have to worry about recruiting.”

NBA reporter Steve Bulpett added that Calipari has long been searching for the right situation to return to the NBA, though Bulpett is rightly skeptical if it could work.

“Cal, the word I’ve gotten, is that he’s wanted to get back in the NBA for a long time, but he’s been looking for the right situation,” Bulpett said. “It’s strange, it’s hard for a college coach who has been such a big part of his program to make the kind of change that is necessary to be an NBA coach. You are not the program in the NBA. It would be difficult for any college coach to have established what Calipari has established.”

You probably remember how former Wildcat Rex Chapman called Calipari up to the Lakers in 2014. That didn’t happen, but to be fair, Calipari was very close to going to the NBA that year.

If Calipari were to join the Lakers, he would potentially reach coach LeBron James, as well as former Wildcats Anthony Davis and Malik Monk. Wenyen Gabriel is there too, although that can be a bit awkward.

Personally, I still think John Calipari is the best choice for the head coach of the Kentucky men’s basketball program. He’s had some struggles recently, but he also had the Wildcats in position for a deep NCAA Tournament run until star guard TyTy Washington’s late-season injury.

And while I don’t see a scenario where Oscar Tshiebwe’ and ‘Shaedon Sharpe are on the roster next season, if by some miracle it were to happen, Kentucky is instantly one of the favorites, if not the favorite to win it all next season. .

Also, if Calipari were to leave, who would replace him?

One of the first names that would be mentioned is two-time national champion Billy Donovan, but he seems committed to staying in the NBA, especially now that the Chicago Bulls They have a very bright future ahead of them.

I can’t watch Jay Wright go Villanuevaespecially after taking the show to another Final Four, his third trip there since 2016.

Kenny Payne is not leaving the louisville cardinals after the UofL alumnus became their head coach.

baylor bears Coach Scott Drew would be an interesting candidate, but outside of his 2021 championship during a watered-down college basketball season due to COVID-19, he hasn’t even had another Elite Eight trip since the 2012-13 season. He also got into some hot water in the NCAA not too long ago..

Chris Beard is another option, but it will be hard to beat Texas and his war chest for his services.

Tony Bennett won the 2019 natty, but he’s another defensive-focused head coach whose offense can be downright terrible (imagine 40 minutes of Kentucky’s last offense).

Oh, and do you really trust Mitch Barnhart to make the best hire possible?

Finally, and probably most importantly, I don’t see any NBA team wanting to sign Calipari right now. Some teams may show interest, but I’d be surprised if someone offered him a head coaching job.

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