The New York Knicks have already made one big splash this season — by bringing on Phil Jackson as the team’s new President — however, they might also have their eye on another headline-grabbing move before the start of next season.
According to a report via of Ian Begley of ESPN New York, the Knicks have indirectly reached out to Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari to gauge his interest in becoming the team’s new head coach.
In January, the Knicks, via a third party, reached out to Calipari to gauge his interest in coaching the Knicks next season, a league source familiar with the scenario told ESPN New York.
The league source says Calipari was intrigued by the possibility of coaching Carmelo Anthony. Both Anthony and Calipari, it should be noted, are represented by Creative Artists Agency.
Earlier this week, former UK basketball player Rex Chapman tweeted out that Calipari to the Los Angeles Lakers was a “done deal”, but he later backed off the initial tweet proclaiming that he “wasn’t a journalist”.
Calipari last coached in the NBA in 1999, prior to being fired in by the New Jersey Nets after posting a 72-112 in two-plus seasons.
Even though a Calipari to the Knicks rumor sounds good, that’s all it is — a rumor. For some reason, I just can’t see a Jackson-Calipari pairing in New York.