Kentucky head coach John Calipari has quite the cushy gig in Lexington. Calipari is basically a God there as the Wildcats go for a perfect season, and his program is constantly churning out NBA prospects year after year.
It would be perfectly understandable for Calipari to just stay at Kentucky for the rest of his coaching career, but you also wouldn’t blame him for taking on a new challenge. For example, would the head coach want to return to the NBA where he failed once before? According to Steve Popper of The Record, Calipari wants back in:
“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.”
Could the floundering Brooklyn Nets be an option? Calipari has ties with the Nets, as that’s where he failed in his first NBA go-round. In two-plus seasons in New Jersey, he went 72-112 and was swept in his only playoff appearance.
If there’s any chance of luring Calipari from Lexington, he would have to get a huge contract and possibly personnel control. Current head coach Lionel Hollins would have to be cut loose as well. It sure sounds like a long shot, but perhaps the desperate Nets try something bold in an attempt to save a sinking ship.