Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Some team is trying to hire John Calipari away from the University of Kentucky, and he wants all of the money in the world. Oh, you have heard that one. Well, fine, stop me if you’ve heard this one: The Brooklyn Nets are an absolute, irreparable joke. Oh, you’ve heard that one, too. Screw it. Pic and Roll time!
John Calipari Wants A Billion Dollars
The Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Lionel Hollins and, um, “reassigned” general manager Billy King (one of King’s new assignments? Helping the team find his replacement, which isn’t awkward at all) earlier this week. Who are they reportedly targeting as their replacements? Why, the exact same coach literally every team wants to lure to the NBA, despite the fact that he seems terribly happy where he is and didn’t exactly perform well during his first stint at the next level: John Calipari.
As we’ve said, this is nothing new. Calipari’s name is usually the first to come up whenever a struggling team wants to make a big, splashy hire that will attract fans. As an aside, it’s pretty damn bizarre that a team thinks a coach is going to somehow draw in fans.
The Pelicans were rumored to be kicking the tires on Calipari’s interest before they hired Alvin Gentry, and the Sacramento Kings did the same before hiring George Karl. One obstacle to hiring Calipari, you know, besides the fact that he repeatedly says he’s not interested in leaving, is his supposed asking price. According to reports, Calipari wants a 10 year deal worth $120 million. That’s Phil Jackson money (and truthfully, it’s fair to question whether Jackson is even worth that much).
Calipari may be a hot commodity, but it’d be surprising to see any team, even one with an owner as rich as Mikhail Prokhorov, commit that much money to a coach whose first NBA rodeo was a failure. Then again, it’s the Nets. Anything is possible. And not in a good way.