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whitesoxfan83
05-04-2010, 11:32 PM
Kentucky coach John Calipari is intrigued with the Chicago Bulls’ coaching job and would be willing to listen to a pitch from management, NBA and NCAA sources told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday.

Sources say the combination of roster talent, tradition and market make Chicago one of the few NBA jobs that could pry Calipari out of Kentucky. The Bulls have been hesitant to pay the $4 million-$5 million annual packages it would take to lure high-profile coaches like Calipari.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman fired coach Vinny Del Negro on Monday night.

Calipari could be an intriguing candidate on several levels for the Bulls. He coached Bulls star point guard, Derrick Rose(notes), at the University of Memphis, and his strong ties with the powerful agency, CAA, could give the organization leverage in free agency this summer.

Calipari is close with Cleveland’s LeBron James(notes), and shares representation with two of the Bulls’ top free-agent targets – Miami’s Dwyane Wade(notes) and Toronto’s Chris Bosh(notes).

Sources say Calipari “hasn’t connected” with Kentucky’s athletic administration in his first year on the job, and that could contribute to his willingness to rekindle a long-standing goal of realizing NBA success.

Calipari has returned Kentucky to prominence, winning 35 games and advancing within a victory of the Final Four. He has four freshman, including expected No. 1 pick John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, who also is expected to be a high lottery pick. He’s already recruited a top five national class for next season.

Calipari coached the New Jersey Nets for three tumultuous seasons from 1996-99, reaching the playoffs once. He also had complete control of basketball operations. His ego and immaturity at the time caused him to clash with ownership, players and media, but most agree that Calipari has grown a lot since those days and would be better equipped at the pros.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AqPJBlokQfYwoEdJk9WXvI45nYcB?slug=aw-caliparibulls050410

heathonater
05-05-2010, 12:06 AM
that would put kentucky back at square one if calipari left. if the bulls offer a big contract, i could see calipari leave and give it another go in the nba.

IU Hoosiers 3
05-05-2010, 12:21 AM
i can def see cal goin to the nba..i think he knows his college violations are gunna come out and he'd be screwed..exact reason i think carroll left usc for seattle..id like knight, gilchrist and teague to de-commit too..

ho_va2006
05-05-2010, 12:31 AM
as a Chicago fan, I'm all for it!

Raph12
05-05-2010, 12:31 AM
So the Wildcats would lose Wall, Cousins and Calipari...

IU Hoosiers 3
05-05-2010, 01:02 AM
So the Wildcats would lose Wall, Cousins and Calipari...

and as u can see from my post..those recruits. patterson and bledsoe also played well last year and theyre going pro.

Big Quett
05-05-2010, 01:09 AM
i can def see cal goin to the nba..i think he knows his college violations are gunna come out and he'd be screwed..exact reason i think carroll left usc for seattle..id like knight, gilchrist and teague to de-commit too..

:clap:

robdizzle3
05-05-2010, 01:09 AM
That may actually be a good fit for him, though Del Negro did as good as anybody would do with that team.

JayW_1023
05-05-2010, 05:27 AM
Wouldn't suprise me if Pat Riley starts coaching again if they resign Wade along with another star player.

toovey107
05-05-2010, 05:51 AM
That may actually be a good fit for him, though Del Negro did as good as anybody would do with that team.
Extremely false.

D Roses Bulls
05-05-2010, 06:19 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AqPJBlokQfYwoEdJk9WXvI45nYcB?slug=aw-caliparibulls050410

this is late and on the tribune website he confirmed he has no interest. close thread

Southsideheat
05-05-2010, 10:58 AM
this is late and on the tribune website he confirmed he has no interest. close thread

He also said that he wasn't leaving Memphis and he did a week later. What is he supposed to say?

Iodine
05-05-2010, 11:04 AM
Cal is a good recruiter, horrid coach, so he would fail as hard as the other college coaches

Southsideheat
05-05-2010, 11:11 AM
Cal is a good recruiter, horrid coach, so he would fail as hard as the other college coaches

If he can nab Lebron, i don't think it matters how bad of a coach he is. He has NBA experience and has been to the playoffs. That's enough for me.

Max Power
05-05-2010, 11:13 AM
He does realize that the NBA cap is lower than Kentucky's, doesn't he?

miller74
05-05-2010, 11:20 AM
What a dirt bag this guy is

Southsideheat
05-05-2010, 11:21 AM
he does realize that the nba cap is lower than kentucky's, doesn't he?

:d

ChicagoRox
05-05-2010, 12:08 PM
I was listening to the score (Chicago sports radio station) last night, heard Calipari is using the bulls interest to get a contract extension from Kentucky.

arkanian215
05-05-2010, 01:00 PM
Knight come to Uconn...

sixers247
05-05-2010, 01:08 PM
or Duke

Pierzynski4Prez
05-05-2010, 01:13 PM
He's not leaving, just using this to get leverage on Kentucky for more money.

pacofunk64
05-05-2010, 01:23 PM
That may actually be a good fit for him, though Del Negro did as good as anybody would do with that team.

Not sure about Cali being a good NBA coach but I also thought Vinny did a descent job for not having any coaching experience.

Extremely false.

Which part? Cali or Vinny.

RipVW
05-05-2010, 02:00 PM
He's not leaving, just using this to get leverage on Kentucky for more money.

If Calipari is the difference in Chicago getting Lebron James, then it would be silly for the Bulls to be willing to pay 20+ million on free agents and not be willing to pay Cal enough to bring him in.

So, if youre the Bulls, and you pay Cal 7 million (or whatever) to be the coach, you could rationalize it like 3 million of that is for Cal and 4 of that is for Lebron (or even Rose or Bosh).