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“Kentucky is the best job in basketball coaching,” Calipari told ESPN.com. “Why would I leave? We just won the national title. We’re chasing UCLA.”
Calipari told ESPN.com that no NBA team, including the New York Knicks — the most-cited potential NBA destination — has contacted him about a possible coaching position.
He told Sporting News that he would continue going to NBA games to see his former players amid the rumors.
“I’ve done that my whole career,” Calipari told Sporting News. “I’m not changing my lifestyle because somebody wants to put a rumor out.”
Rumors have sprung up after each of Calipari’s three seasons at UK. This year, however, they’ve been magnified because he just won a title.
Some, as Yahoo Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, say that could shift the momentum toward him leaving. Others, such as Dan Wolken, who covered Calipari in Memphis, point out that Calipari’s idol is Larry Brown, who won titles at both levels.
Wolken also noted that Calipari, whose UK contract has another seven years left, has made public commitments about staying where he was before, only to leave shortly thereafter.
Calipari urged fans to relax and not let the rumors ruin their joy on his website.
“Sit back and enjoy this special time,” Calipari wrote. “We’ve waited 14 years for this, so let’s not let anyone ruin this for us. No one’s stealing my joy or my players’ joy. Don’t let them steal yours.”
Davis to appear on Jimmy Kimmel
Anthony Davis will appear as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night, according to the show’s official website, to talk about his national championship season.
Davis was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player and won numerous national player of the year awards.
The exact time that he will appear on the show is still in the works. Kimmel’s show starts at midnight on ABC.