On Wednesday morning, Yahoo Sports insider Vincent Goodwill reported that several NBA executives believe Coach Cal could make the jump from college to the pros.
“Calipari is a bit of a surprise here, but multiple sources tell Yahoo Sports Calipari would be open to jumping back into the NBA,” Goodwill wrote, via Yahoo Sports. “He had a taste in the late 90s, taking over the then-New Jersey Nets following a stint at UMass that didn’t go particularly well. But the changing dynamics at Kentucky, along with the massive expectations from the fan base and alumni, could have him looking for a second bite.”
Shortly after those rumors emerged, Calipari went on Twitter to shut them down.
“It’s that time of the year! Why do rumors always start when we’re in the middle of recruiting? I have the best job in the country w/ the best opportunity to impact young people & add value to their careers – and that hasn’t changed,” Calipari tweeted. “This season can’t come fast enough! Let’s go!”
Even if Calipari didn’t come out and publicly say that he loves Kentucky, the college basketball world wouldn’t have been fooled by this latest report.
In other news, I am glad the annual timeline of “Calipari gets mentioned with a NBA job and then denies interest in said job” is not getting to less than an hour
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) June 16, 2021
We're really doing the Calipari to NBA bullshit again already?
— Bobby Reagan (@BarstoolReags) June 16, 2021
/Cal gets linked to NBA gigs/
/Cal confirms he’s not leaving Lexington/
The Circle of Life. https://t.co/NSvhbBOItJ
— Michael Whitlow (@couldbelikemike) June 16, 2021
This is now the 12th straight summer of “Cal to the NBA” rumors. Relax. https://t.co/yv4oHqWac1
— Bnolan92 (@bnolan92) June 16, 2021
College basketball has definitely changed, but Calipari seems very content with his current situation at Kentucky.
There’s no denying that it would be interesting to see Coach Cal in the NBA at some point in the future. However, there’s just no reason for him to leave the Wildcats right now.