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Lakers News: John Calipari Was ‘Really Surprised’ At Lakers Rumor

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A week after losing to Connecticut in the National Championship game, John Calipari is touring the country promoting his upcoming book. Calipari appeared on The Dan Patrick Show earlier this morning to talk about his book as well as recent rumors linking him to the Lakers head coaching job.

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Calipari told Dan Patrick that he was really surprised by the rumor from Rex Chapman and said it upset him:

“I was really surprised,” Calipari said. “That’s all part of being the coach at Kentucky. But that disappointed me. Unless the Lakers told him. …. They had a coach, we had a coach. But I accept it. I’m not mad at Rex.”

Last week, both Calipari and the Lakers were taken by surprise from Chapman’s wild claim. Both sides came out and immediately denied the rumor. As long as the Lakers have a head coach in position, it seems that Calipari will continue to dismiss rumors out of respect.

Calipari has done a fine job in his college coaching tenure, reaching five Final Fours and winning one championship. However, the former Naismith coach of the year struggled in his one NBA stint with the New Jersey Nets.

Calipari is a proven winner, turning schools like UMASS and Memphis into consistent championship contenders, and many believe he wants to prove himself in the NBA. Should the Lakers dismiss D’Antoni, Calipari will be one of many names linked to the much coveted head coaching job. Expect names and rumors to run rampant until either a new coach is in place for the Lakers next season or the team announces D’Antoni is retained.

(H/T College Spun)
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  • J Taylor

    Calipari: Hey Rex, post something on twitter that says I’m the next Lakers head coach.
    Rex: OK Coach, but why?
    Calipari: I want to make more money here at Kentucky.
    Rex: OK Coach.

  • Daryl Peek

    “Knicks’ elimination from playoff chase means Denver gets a lottery pick from NY as final payment in Carmelo trade.”

    Melo to NY is still paying dividends to the Nuggets. That was the worst trade in NBA history IMO. The Lakers will rise well before Phil does anything in NY.

    • 3339

      worst trade ever? how about the Hornets trading Kobe for Vlade?

      • Daryl Peek

        Did the Hornets have a choice in that matter really? Kobe was not going to play for them. They didn’t even have him on their radar to begin with as they wanted a big man first and foremost. The NY Denver trade was an all out fire sale of veteran players VS. the unknown in Kobe. Kobe fell to 13th in the draft and was passed over by 12 other teams who could have had him so that comp is baseless hindsight revisionism.

        • 3339

          stop it, yes they did have a choice.
          even if Kobe wouldn’t play for them they could’ve gotten a much better trade offer.

          • Daryl Peek

            Again you fail to address the whole. Even if they could have gotten a better trade, which they couldn’t because Kobe was not on their radar to begin and teams are on the clock in a draft, that does not change the fact that 12 teams passed on Kobe because he was an unknown VS. a proven vet. Drafting high school kids was still tabu at the time and Vlade was a proven NBA commodity. Instead of arguing a point you can’t win, look at the whole of the debate instead of trying to find one point you can pick apart. Call me arrogant for saying this but its the truth.

          • 3339

            you are arrogant, and honestly pretty annoying.
            you’re seriously arguing that the melo trade was worse than not only the Kobe-Vlade trade but others such as Wilt to LA for a pile of garbage or even the Bucks trading Kareem to us.
            what morons would trade us those legends for what we gave up.

          • Daryl Peek

            Did I say the absolute worst trade in NBA history?

            Again you come at me arguing my post and come with the stop it, but call me annoying? The Melo trade was all box office period. The Kobe Vlade trade in a time index context at the time of it is not even a blip on the radar. Again, none but West believed Kobe would become who he is and Vlade was NBA playoff tested proven, in an era high school kids were still frowned on in making the jump. No one would say the Hornets got the worse end of that deal in 96. In fact many said West was taking a huge risk. You’re applying hindsight in revision as basis.

            Kareem was leaving the Bucks regardless and was pressuring them to make a move just as Melo was Denver. Junior Bridgeman, Dave Meyers, Elmore Smith and Brian Winters were all solid young players the Bucks got. Keep in mind I’m old enough to remember seeing these guys play as I’ve been a fan of basketball since 76. All but Elmore Smith stayed around long enough to become integral parts of those Bucks teams that we constants in the eastern conference playoffs in the late 70′s and early 80′s once a young Don Nelson took over the team.

            Of course they were not the caliber player KAJ was but most trades are never equal. The Nuggets have solid building blocks from that trade and NY is a hot financial mess from it. There no comparison!

          • 3339

            The Knicks will have major cap space in 2015.
            “Did I say the absolute worst trade in NBA history?”
            You did say when talking about the Melo trade “That was the worst trade in NBA history IMO.”

            so ya you did say it was the worst.
            dude you are annoying. I know what you do, every time someone makes a point, you write these huge responses that take you like 20 minutes in response to people saying things like dantoni is destroying our team or Pau is being misused.

          • Daryl Peek

            OK, you got me on that one as I do believe it was the worst trade in NBA history. That’s my opinion.

            You know what I do? Cool but do you argue all of the facts? Pau being misused? It started with Phil in 10-11. Mike Brown continued it. MDA did what the FO wanted him to do as Howard took the mantle Bynum vacated via the trade. Pau has been shopped by the FO ever since his meltdown in 10-11 after Phil featured a healthy Bynum in 10-11. This is the long winded reality people like you omit in your bullet piont retorts. Again, I put all of the details in and try my best to leave nothing out because bullet points leave and unclear vantage point of what the causes and effects actually were.

            As I’m sure you were taught by your parents and teachers, always read the fine print.

          • 3339

            dude you just made my point
            bottom line is that our team has looked terrible. don’t have to be an NBA expert to see it.

          • Daryl Peek

            I in no way made your point. Again, the details are lost in your short out for blood version of things, and makes for a wrong rushed conclusion. This is what front offices are paid to ignore, and what Dr. Buss warned Jeanie and Jimmy about over the years.

          • 3339

            oh ya you made my point.

          • Daryl Peek

            How so when my explanation shows it started with Phil, a natural progression of coaching changes players need to adapt to not coaches adapting to players. Kobe echoed this in his angry ‘put your big boy pants on’ tongue lashing of Gasol.

          • 3339

            oh ya you really made my point.

  • Daryl Peek

    There’s a Lake Show bias in the rookie of the year:

    Ryan Kelly has had an under the radar surprisingly good rookie season. He gets no mention due to playing for the Lakers IMO. Michael Carter-Williams will win the award, deservedly so but I pose the argument on how all of the rookies on this years ballot play for BUM teams this season, and will be in the lottery again, all except Mason Plumlee of the Nets.

    Kelly’s numbers are equal to or exceed that of many of the other rookies across the board overall. He shoots a better FG & three point percentage than Carter-Williams and Oladipo. His numbers are as good as Plumlee defensively and on the boards but Kelly is a much better more versatile offensive big. Olynyk of the Celtics gets no mention either and is pretty much on the same level as Ryan but again, Ryan was a second round pick VS. Olynyk as a high first rounder.

    Kupchak got major first round value in selecting this hidden gem. Jimmy, Mitch and Ryan West (Jerry’s son) deserve a ton of credit for seeing the value in Kelly and this is what encourages me about the future as pertains to the draft.

    • Zimmeredge

      i’m in love with Olynyk. this boy got game! Kelly and Oly will develop as great players.
      without his feet injury Kelly was meant to be a first rounder. We are very lucky to have him.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Man Rex Chapman is a joke.Know you’re facts before player hating biotch lol.

  • Daryl Peek

    On topic of the post, Cal did not completely say he’s set in stone at Kentucky. “DP; Will you be able to coach 3-5 years from now under the one and done theme? Cal; It’ll be tough”

    I absolutely love how he handled DP’s pressuring him and that speaks volumes as to how well he’d do with the pressure that comes with being the Lakers HC and all of the cameras checking him for sweat under pressure. Cal is very underrated in his X’s and O’s ability also. I could see Kobe and other vets getting alone with him.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Daryl what up?Man long time no speak.Anyways on topic now yes John Calipari is one hell of a coach and i have the highest amount of respect for him and it would be a treat and honor to have him as Lakers coach but that is a far fetched deal at this point.Coach Cal is very underrated agreed.

      • Daryl Peek

        3339 Daryl Peek • 4 minutes ago

        Daryl what up?Man long time no speak.Anyways on topic now yes John Calipari is one hell of a coach and i have the highest amount of respect for him and it would be a treat and honor to have him as Lakers coach but that is a far fetched deal at this point.Coach Cal is very underrated agreed.

        Something strange is going on man?!? This is wat popped up on my LN feed as the person who replied? In my e-mail it says LakersHeatBeef (Guest): ?

        Anyway, as many of you tell me, this is all rumor and hypothetical. I think Cal would do a good job for us. But again, I also think MDA could do a good job if given a healthy roster with better players, and I know most’s eye’s are twitching over me saying that. LOL

        .

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Yes i am LakersHeatBeef lol.What is different i always have been LakersHeatBeef.Hey anyways 3339 Dary Peek popped on the reply lol i am confused now lol ha ha ha.

          Yes Coach Calipari has really coached great and i am not sold on Mike D’Antoni just too many losing seasons for the last 6 seasons and that defense his teams plays is lousy due to the system needing to focus on fast pace and offense offense offense and those quick shots from our guards make me cringe lol but also the small ball thing is not my favorite thing in the world either as i am more of OKC Durant+Ibaka+Westbrook plus defenders Thabo+Perkins+Adams or old school Spurs type offense i am old school i believe in like a twin towers post offense like Gasol,Odom,Bynum with a post up guard ISO guard like Kobe and a designated shooter like Fisher and Ariza.Or Spurs Robinson,Duncan,Parker,Manu with low post scoring down low also a big fan of Lakers Shaq dominance era.Phil triangle offense is my favorite.

          I did dig Sampson,Olajuwon twin towers also.Not at all a Heat fan they play small ball to a extent but they lock up teams on defense but they are crappy on the boards they lack rebounding but they have championships to show for their efforts thanks to LeBron.Just my personal preference in style of play but otherwise i respect and enjoy all basketball games for the most part,just a NBA junkie TBH.I hated the old Suns led by Mike D’Antoni they went against the book that was old school and ran a fast paced offense featuring small ball i am not a fan of that sorry.Basketball is so fun to watch with hard defense.

          Everyone has their own taste.I am a ground and pound Memphis or Bad Boys Pistons style but Showtime Lakers is the closest i got to liking a fast paced offense but we had a 6’9 Magic Johnson and Byron Scott/Michael Cooper at shooting guard and Center post player legend Captain Kareem 7 foot plus and slow as a snail lol but i love Captain and Kurt/A.C. the bangers on the team with James running the wing.It was all fun while it all lasted.Great memories with Chick and Showtime Lakers that was long ago well remembered.

          • Daryl Peek

            The Suns ran fast paced but had goons also, see Kurt and Tim Thomas. Marion was a beast defensively and on the boards. So was Amare. Talent can make or break a coach. MDA had the NY FO working against him just as they did all of their coaches before and after him. MDA inherited and walked into a hot mess here with the Lakers last season. Phil’s shadow meant failure to any coach hired other than Phil. B. Shaw may have stood a chance but the playoff failure would still draw the same IRE over Phil not being selected as I see it. All of this sounds like excuses for MDA but its the reality of the situations.

            I too like a big man dominated game as I’m a big guy who always patterned my game after Moses Malone and Darryl Dawkins growing up as a kid. Those day are over. Kids today are no longer groomed like that, and I refuse to be a dinosaur fan even tho I hate the lost art of big man fundamentals.

            Showtime, MDA and even Phil’s running of the Bulls were part of the progression of today’s game. The three point line was the inception. Every rule implemented since than has made big’s need to be more perimeter oriented, as zone defense, the defensive three second rule, ETC.. has all come about to make the game more fun in an up and down fast paced product. Faster is the goal more so than bigger and stronger. Ground and pound is frowned upon as the Bad Boys, Mug & Thug 90′s Knicks style of b-ball is no longer tolerated.

            Rivalries are not the same but that’s the nature of progression…

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Yeah the NBA has changed to a more guard oriented league back in my day showing my age now lol Zeke Thomas,Michael Adams and Kevin Johnson were little water bug super fast point guards that ran rump shot on almost every team nowadays you got CP3,Lawson,Parker,Dragic, all little point guards causing havoc on the league.But yes i still prefer the old style the NBA once provided and it seems to have shifted towards a much different direction in someways some old school style still exists but not so much mostly in Indiana and Memphis but otherwise yes it has become more rare than ever before.

            A true reality.This off-season will prove what direction the Lakers are going but that is just the start of the progression we need it will take at least a couple years to know for sure,once Kobe retires we will see how they plan on rebuilding.

          • Daryl Peek

            The college game has been PG driven for almost two decades now. After the big east centers of Ewing, Akeem, now known as Hakeem left the game shifted. Look at all of your NCAA champions since then. All Guard dominated. The Jordan era rung in the wing dominated era in the NBA and now players like CP3, Rondo, Rose, WestBrook, Lillard, ETC… are the coveted franchise changers.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            I am openly honest and hoping Marcus Smart is drafted by the Lakers and properly developed into a superstar Point Guard i really love his game and he recently tweeted a picture of himself stretching out on the Lakers floor at Staples Center.I hate tanking but at least the Lakers played hard and with pride and integrity tonight and won.Lakers need a major league Point Guard to boost us into contention in the future.

            Yes i watched enough games of Marcus Smart to know he is a real deal player built for the NBA game.People say he can’t shoot i say hogwash he can shoot and he is only getting much better and his defense is on par with Gary Payton and that’s a fact.

            Betting he will translate his game to the NBA.Not a big deal but i have not enjoyed Kendall Marshall as a starter and i hope we get a new starter at Point Guard but in defense of Marshall a backup role on the Lakers would be fine as long as he improves his overall game over the Summer.But Marcus Smart is on another level times 100.Imagine the Lakers also signing Dend and Stephenson wow with Marcus Smart our perimeter defense would be awesome.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m not up on Marcus. I’ll have to take your word on him. I’d rather see the team get Embiid or trade down for a lower first rounder and a second to get two for one.

            I like Napier in the second and Payne in the mid to late first. Immediate impact players given their experience.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            If we get Joel Embiid that would be great i grew to love his game the more and more i watched him.Now as for us getting him i see him as a top 3 pick perhaps dropping to 4th but as we all know perhaps the Ping Pong Balls go in our favor and we score Embiid that would be awesome.

            Now as far as Shabazz Napier goes he is way better and more controlled than any Point Guard on our roster as you know i was initially high on Kendall I Can’t Score Marshall but the more and more i watched him play for the Lakers i have grew further and further disgruntled with his game.

            Nicest kid ever but just needs to work on his shot and defense yes he must grow some balls and become a leader and a man out their he needs to fight for his job in training camp because this soft personality he has is not Lakers material we want a Derek Fisher/Steve Blake type of warrior and fighter out there not a pussy cat.Yes Payne from Michigan State is a baller and a big time NBA ready kid that deems well for him in the NBA.Now if Mitch can somehow get either Napier or Payne via a trade say packaging Marshall and Sacre for a late round pick and Nappier the next Derek Fisher comes in to backup Marcus Smart that would be great.If we get Marcus Smart then if we trade Marshall and Sacre then Payne would be ideal.Either way i am good with it.Kelly has surprised everyone and that is why i never tossed him in a trade scenario what is he worth in terms trade value?

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Nash is on the roster oops i almost forgot lol ha ha ha.Sorry Napier is more controlled and better than Farmar/Marshall.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Meant Luol Deng who is Dend lol ha ha ha.

  • Zimmeredge

    Ollie! Ollie! Ollie. Man Kevin Ollie, if available, might be “the” great coach the Lakers need for their future.

  • Drew

    Anyone but d’antoni!!!

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