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John Calipari shuts down Knicks rumors

That was fast.

Calipari Sea of Blue

Even after continuously expressing his interest to stay at Kentucky and signing a lifetime deal with the school, John Calipari’s name always seems to pop up in at least one NBA coaching search.

After reportedly hiring Leon Rose and William Wesley, two friends of Coach Cal’s, the Knicks are the most recent team to have Calipari’s name in the mix.

Bill Simmons, CEO at The Ringer, even went as far as to start the “Calipari to the Knicks” rumors himself shortly after Rose was hired.

They keyword here is “unfounded” because all of the rumors and opinions had thus far solely been based on speculation and a normal connection between the two.

The Knicks may be a trainwreck of a franchise, but the opportunity to coach one of the most well-known NBA teams from inside Madison Square Garden would be a tough offer to pass up on. Even so, Calipari has squashed that talk early on and as soon as possible.

It hasn't mattered what teams have come calling or included his name in their coaching searches because Calipari has held firm on his position to stay at Kentucky through it all.

Calipari places way more value on helping his players reach the NBA than anything he could achieve there himself, which is a true testament to the program that he has built to be about the players first and foremost.

Calipari was the head coach of the New Jersey Nets for three seasons from 1996-1999, but was fired 184 games in and has never returned to the pro level as he’s gone on to become a dominant coach and recruiter in the college ranks as we all know.

At this point, it seems like NBA teams should look elsewhere if they're wanting to pry a college coach from their respective schools to coach in the league as Calipari is seemingly dead set on staying in Lexington until the day he calls it a career.

Never say never, but Calipari retiring at Kentucky seems like as good of a bet as any.