In John Calipari’s only stint in the NBA, he coached the New Jersey Nets from 1996-1998, going just 72-112 before being fired 20 games into the 1998-99 season with his team sitting at 3-17. Since, Calipari has coached dominant teams at Memphis and Kentucky, but every single year, there have been numerous rumors that he will leave Lexington for an NBA job. According to Washington Post NBA writer Tim Bontemps, the Nets are a team that may be extremely interested in bringing Calipari back.
In a live fan chat on Tuesday, Bontemps says that Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yomark is extremely high on Coach Cal.
Q: John Calipari
I know this is difficult to accurately project, but for fun please take an educated guess on the likelihood that John Calipari is coaching the Nets next year.
A: Tim Bontemps
If Brett Yormark is in charge of decision making, Calipari will undoubtedly be offered everything under the sun to become basketball czar of the Nets. I’ve heard conflicting opinions on whether he’d take it, but that will undoubtedly be the first call if Yormark gets his way.
The entire Nets organization has been overhauled in the last few years, including the move the Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, but the franchise has struggled immensely this season under Lionel Hollins, and sits at 9-22 in 14th place in the East. Of course, this is all just specualtion. Calipari has repeatedly denied that he will leave Kentucky, and to this point, he’s been true to his word.