John Calipari responds to report linking him to NBA job market: 'It’s that time of the year'
It didn’t take very long for Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari to shoot down the latest report of him being linked to the growing NBA job market.
“It’s that time of the year! Why do rumors always start when we’re in the middle of recruiting?,” Calipari tweeted. “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. This season can’t come fast enough! Let’s go!”
Calipari sent that tweet not long after a report from Yahoo Sports put him on a list of possible NBA coaching candidates as the number of vacancies grows by the day.
Calipari, 62, is coming off one of the worst seasons of his career, and by far the worst of his UK tenure. The Cats went 9-16 last season. The last time Kentucky was out of the Big Dance was in 2013 after the Cats went 21-12, and then lost to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT.
Yet he still has a .785 winning percentage at UK, and during his tenure in Lexington, he leads all coaches in NCAA Tournament wins (31), Final Fours (four), Elite Eights (seven) and Sweet 16s (eight).
Kentucky won a national championship under Calipari in 2012 and reached the title game in 2014. The Wildcats also made Final Four appearances in 2011 and 2015.