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REPORT: John Calipari ‘Desperately’ Wants to Coach in the NBA

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is on a quest to go undefeated this year with his Wildcats team. It would go down as the greatest season in NCAA history. The 56-year old has developed a reputation as one of the coolest coaches in the world and is known for his legendary recruiting. Cal is admired by some of the NBA’s biggest superstars, even the ones who didn’t play for him.

As successful as he has been in college basketball, Calipari’s NBA head coaching stint with the New Jersey Nets reportedly haunts him to this day. Calipari compiled a record of 72-112 when he was the head coach of the Nets back in 1996-99, he was fired 20 games in to 1999 season.

With nothing left to prove at the NCAA level, there are reports coming out again that Calipari wants another shot at head coaching an NBA team. Via

The one name that could return the Nets to all of those things they thought they could be, that they seemed primed to be, is currently guiding the best college basketball team in the nation, a coach who crashed and burned with the Nets once already. The Nets can be saved by John Calipari.

“He desperately wants it,” the front office official said. “He won’t say it out loud. The NBA is the only place he’s ever failed and it drives him nuts. He’s not the same guy he was then. He came to the NBA and he wasn’t ready. He’s ready now.”

If it seems like grasping at straws, a big name to save the day, maybe it is. But NBA sources point to ties that are already in place. In the Nets’ struggles, the one person who has held the trust of Prokhorov is the man behind the marketing, the tireless Brett Yormark. While the product on the court has struggled, the branding of the Nets has been a blueprint for other franchises. While Calipari may have left some rifts when he was fired by the Nets, he remained close with Yormark.

Calipari would have little left to accomplish at Kentucky if the team finishes off the greatest season in NCAA history, unbeaten and marching toward a title. And in front of him lays his greatest recruiting coup.

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    February 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm

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