Kentucky basketball is considered one of the best, if not the best, jobs in college hoops. But would coaching the New York Knicks be a better option?
Wildcats coach John Calipari has been linked to the Knicks seemingly every time the job opens up. Calipari spent three years in the NBA already, with the New Jersey Nets from 1996-99. He’s been in college basketball ever since, coaching for Memphis until taking the Kentucky job in 2009.
After over a decade with the Wildcats, many are once again starting to link Calipari to the Knicks. But former Kentucky, Louisville and current Iona coach Rick Pitino doubts Calipari would ever take the Knicks job.
The Kentucky coach has it all in regards to the college game. Pitino thinks Calipari’s seemingly unlimited resources and immense success will keep him with the Wildcats, for the time being:
“I think when you coach at Kentucky, you have the premier job in college basketball — in terms of he can recruit any player he wants, he has unbelievable facilities, he’s gonna win his 30 games every year, and he’s got the best job in all of basketball,” Pitino said, via 247Sports. “So I’m not sure why he would ever want to have a job that’s not the best job in all of basketball. He’s smarter than me when it comes to that.”
Pitino’s got a point. Kentucky is poised for success each and every year. Also, he would know what is like to coach at UK and for the Knicks.
It certainly appears Calipari won’t be leaving Kentucky any time soon.
We wouldn’t bet on it anyway.