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Kentucky's John Calipari Addresses NBA Coaching Rumors

John Calipari wearing a Kentucky pullover while pointing with his left hand.

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 04: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats points while the Wildcats practice ahead of the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four at AT&T Stadium on April 4, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari has heard his name being mentioned for NBA jobs basically every year he's been with the Wildcats.

Of course, it's happening again this year.

Reports indicate that LeBron James' "camp" isn't satisfied with the Lakers' head coach, Luke Walton, and that a change could be coming.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, is reportedly the "preferred" trade destination for former Kentucky star Anthony Davis, who led UK to a national title during his lone season under Coach Cal.

Of course, some are now speculating that the Lakers could attempt to hire Calipari to coach a LeBron James-Anthony Davis led team.

Calipari addressed that idea during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up! with Mike Greenberg and Laura Rutledge.

“I’m at Kentucky having a ball preparing young people for the rest of their life,” Calipari told ESPN. “It’s a different job than coaching in the NBA. I think Luke [Walton] is doing outstanding work. I’ve watched him coach, I’ve watched his demeanor. I’ve watched his adjustments. He’s coaching a young team in that league and that league is unforgiving now. In that league you’re not playing Popcorn State next week, you’re playing a professional team. Even the teams that are struggling have terrific players.

“So I think Luke’s doing a terrific job. I don't know what’s happening with Anthony. He and I haven’t talked about it.”

Of course, this doesn't mean that the Coach Cal-to-the-NBA rumors will go away, but he'll continue to shoot them down while he's at Kentucky.