New York Knicks still interested in Kentucky Wildcats Coach John Calipari

By Utsav Panchal

Kentucky Wildcats Coach John Calipari is of interest to the New York Knicks. With the recent turmoil in the Knicks organization with Coach Mike D’Antoni suddenly resigning, the New York Knicks suddenly didn’t have a head coach, and head to bump assistant coach Mike Woodson to Interim Head Coach. But, with the change, came success. The Knicks went on to win 8 of 10 and start pushing themselves away from the Milwaukee Bucks who had been slowly creeping to the 8th and final playoff spot.

For next year though, what do the New York Knicks do? Do they stick with Mike Woodson? It’s obvious that he’s had coaching success as of recently, but how will be fare during playoff time? How will he be next season (provided he stays on the coaching staff)? How can he even deal with rumors that John Calipari has been targeted by the Knicks? There’s obvious reasons for Calipari to stay or to leave for the NBA.

If he stays, he can  coach the storied Kentucky’s Men’s Basketball program, which has appeared a record number of times and games played, and second only to the UCLA team with national championships (8).  He can build on his lone championship and expect great players to choose Kentucky for next year making another championship push. Remember that he didn’t really have success with the New Jersey Nets when he was fired halfway through his third year with them.

If he goes….well he would be targeted by the Knicks. He would also be earning way more money than he is earning now. It’s possible that Kentucky might give him a raise, but there is no way it will come close to the terms the Knicks can hand him. He gets to play for one of the biggest media markets in the world and that’s an exciting, yet daunting task.He also gets superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemare to coach, along with up and coming Jeremy Lin, and the very underrated Tyson Chandler.

Calipari has said he is going to stay, but those are just words for now. The big city lights of New York are beckoning for anyone.

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