There was a rumor flying around prior to tipoff of the NCAA men’s basketball national championship that Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari had already decided he would take a coaching job with the Los Angeles Lakers. The good news for Kentucky is that there is no substance to the rumor.
Rex Chapman, a former star for the Wildcats, poured fuel on the fire that is the rumor mill by tweeting the following:
“Was messin’ ’round on Sat nite re: Cal. But word is – win or lose 2nite – it’s a #DoneDeal …Cal 2 La-La-Land 2 coach Mamba’s Lakers. #NoBS”
A few reasons why the rumor doesn’t appear to be accurate is because Calipari stated that he has no intentions of leaving Kentucky, the Lakers commented that they never had any contact with the coach and school athletic director Mitch Barnhart didn’t seem too worried when he was informed of what Chapman had tweeted.
Calipari would be foolish to leave the Wildcats and move to the NBA. He’s making approximately $5.2 million at a program that he helped build. Sure, there’s pressure to appear in the Final Four and win national championships every season, but at least he doesn’t have the Los Angeles media questioning his every decision. To think that he would leave such a great environment where he makes a difference in the lives of his student-athletes shows just how much Chapman and other people know about the coach.
The NBA might be in Calipari’s future one day. However, don’t expect it to happen anytime soon, especially not with the Lakers in 2015.