John Calipari will not declare for the NBA
John Calipari, head coach of the Kentucky Wildcat’s National Championship-winning, men’s basketball team, told Andy Katz, of ESPN, he does plan to leave Kentucky for the NBA.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Calipari tweeted. ”I have the best job in the country.”
No NBA franchise has yet to reach out to Calipari. That aside, Katz explained “he’s the king of the hill in Lexington. As we all know, in the NBA, it is a player’s league and it can be very fickle, Let’s talk the Knicks here. What if James Dolan falls out of favor with John Calipari? Then, suddenly, he’s out. It’s obviously Carmelo’s team.”
“I’ve got more money than I’m ever going to need, or my family can spend,” Calipari wrote on CoachCal.com. ”So, I don’t have to make a decision based on finances.”
However, Katz told ESPN, “Over the next six to seven seasons [Calipari] gets a $1 million bonus every July. That pushes him over that $5 million mark. So, the money, you could argue, would be close, if not more, at Kentucky.”
Calipari is 102-14 on Kentucky’s bench and 13-2 in the NCAA Tournament. In three years, he’s led the Wildcats to an Elite Eight, a Final Four, and, in 2012, won the school’s first National Title since 1998. Kentucky’s won eight all-time, three less than UCLA’s record 11.
“We’re trying to catch UCLA, folks,” Calipari told Big-Blue nation. ”Breathe. Relax. Enjoy the Championship.”