John Calipari Has No Interest In Coaching The Pelicans Or Any Other Team, Chooses To Stay With Kentucky
John Calipari is certainly one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time and, as a result, NBA teams have shown interest in him, particularly the New Orleans Pelicans.
While it was originally reported that he was interested in joining the Pelicans’ coaching staff, he later got on Twitter to explain that he was happy with his job at the university of Kentucky and had no interest in moving on.
Calipari has spent a number of years on the staff of both Memphis and Kentucky and helped each of those teams attain a high level with excellent records at both schools. He is a legend at recruiting and many of his players are now playing in the NBA.
John Calipari would likely have an interest in the New Orleans Pelicans over other teams due to its star players being his former players, Anthony Davis at Kentucky and Tyreke Evans at Memphis. However, as any college basketball fan knows, he has a great thing going at Kentucky right now and doesn’t seem interested in leaving anytime soon.
Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in NOLA, I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job. I have a great job and I'm happy at UK.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) May 19, 2015
Part of the situation could be about money since New Orleans was reportedly only going to pay him roughly $4 or $5 million per year, which is less than what he is making now. Coach Calipari recently agreed to an extension on his contract with Kentucky through the 2021-2022 season, earning about $8 million per year.
He most recently led the Kentucky Wildcats to the Final Four, where they lost to the Wisconsin Badgers, and Duke eventually became the champion. Some people may feel like the team came short since they had a perfect season and were predicted to win the NCAA championship after that.
With John Calipari not interested in the position, the New Orleans Pelicans will continue to look for their next head coach. Their list of potential candidates also includes Golden State Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, who is expected to be let go during the offseason.