John Calipari has denied that he has any interest in the Los Angeles Lakers coaching position, and he will probably continue that denial until he sees a contract. The Showtime franchise reportedly wants to “make a splash” with their new head coaching hire according to ESPN.
“To that end, sources say,” writes ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne. “Lakers officials intend to reach out to two of the biggest names in the college game — UConn’s Kevin Ollie and Kentucky’s John Calipari — to at least gauge their interest in the job.”
Vegas put Calipari’s odds of coaching Kobe Bryant next season at 4-1, and, to be fair, they list Ollie and Brian Shaw as bigger favorites.
Now, we will just have to see which of the candidates have interest in the job. Only then will the Lakers begin to interview candidates, and it will be interesting to see if they try to get this thing done before the draft or if they decide to truly take their time with the decision.
I would look for the latter situation to happen, but you never know how these things might shake out. In my opinion, Calipari overachieved with last year’s Kentucky Wildcats team, who struggled with some maturity issues last season. The main issue was the twins, but they started really coming on at the end of last season. Their decision to return to school was probably a good one, and I think they could help their draft stock next year as a result.
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