Lakers Rumors: Kentucky’s John Calipari As The Lakers Next Head Coach? Reviewed by Momizat on . Updated 6:33 p.m. Apparently, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has refuted the report of John Calipari heading to the Los Angeles according to Chris Dufresne of the L.A. Updated 6:33 p.m. Apparently, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has refuted the report of John Calipari heading to the Los Angeles according to Chris Dufresne of the L.A. Rating: 0
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Lakers Rumors: Kentucky’s John Calipari As The Lakers Next Head Coach?

Updated 6:33 p.m.

Apparently, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has refuted the report of John Calipari heading to the Los Angeles according to Chris Dufresne of the L.A. Times:


The future remains uncertain for the Los Angeles Lakers franchise with some potentially drastic changes to occur over the course of the off-season. There’s little question that the Lakers front office will attempt to get the team back on track after potentially the worst season in franchise history, while current Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni’s immediate future hangs in the balance.

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There have been many conflicting reports over the last few months about the team’s intentions in terms of keeping D’Antoni moving forward. D’Antoni has one more guaranteed year on his deal with the Lakers, but some have speculated they’ll part ways this summer.

The speculation surrounding D’Antoni’s future kicked into high gear on Monday with former NBA star and Kentucky alum Rex Chapman suggesting John Calipari is headed to the Lakers next season, through his Twitter account:

The timing of Chapman’s tweet is interesting, as the Wildcats are set to face off against the University of Connecticut Huskies on Monday night after an incredible ride to the NCAA Championship game. Chapman later tweeted that his statement regarding Calipari to the Lakers was from a “reliable source,” though that doesn’t necessarily provide any more truth to the rumor. Expect the rumors regarding D’Antoni’s future to continue to circulate over the next couple months. with little certainty about what the Lakers plan to do.

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  • vdogg

    i hope it’s true. cal is a good coach. is he right for the pros? hmmm.. dunno. but right now i’d take flo from those progressive commercials over d’antoni.

    • Jim213

      Unfortunately just a rumor coach smh…

      • Daryl Peek

        Brett McMurphy ‏@McMurphyESPN 38m

        Calipari: “Lakers have a basketball coach. Kentucky has a basketball coach. I’m not going to dignify that”

        Andy Katz ‏@ESPNAndyKatz 22m

        Kentucky coach John Calipari just told ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards during post interview that he will be back at Kentucky next season.

        • Jim213

          Nice of you to reply to this post. LOL What what I had said was…. but you forgot to read Chris Dufresne tweet above.

          • Daryl Peek

            I saw it. Was just compelled to add to it LOL

        • Sipper

          Yeah, Calipari will be back at Kentucky next season, when he takes the Lakers to Rupp Arena for a preseason exhibition game. Cal will be coaching the purple and gold next season. Bank on it.

          • Daryl Peek

            I’m not saying yay or nay. Time will tell…

  • Gian Marco Pau

    There is really no point in keeping DAntoni.

  • Sylvia Ross

    It would be nice if Byron Scott could become the new head coach of the Lakers. He brings nba experience and has good defensive qualities.

  • kobe24

    Could you imagine if Randle and Cal both come to Lakers next season??? Although im not the worlds largest Randle fan I think he would flourish as Cal would know how to use Randle effectively and help him grow

    • lakerman34

      Julius Randle is going to be a steal in the draft. Strong, powerful, and finesse.

      Also, he’s 18 years old. Don’t forget that.

  • Jim213


    • Daryl Peek

      Not saying it’s true but I did call it. *looking*

      • Jim213

        Keep looking, but Napier is alright. Ball management and decision making skills need improvement from checking out some of his games IMO.

    • comrade24

      Randall’s going to take awhile to develop his NBA game. Rapier might just be the steal of the draft. kid can shoot, pass, and has some major ups.

      • comrade24

        Napier i mean. typo

  • Kay Carter

    Should be interesting nun the less

  • eric

    Doubt this. Hes an ncaa god. He wouldnt go to rebuild a pressure cooker like the lakers

  • Kmac

    Dammit it’s untrue…. SMH

  • quickster

    Just sign Byron Scott as the coach. Let Pau, Nash, Kobe go when their respected time is up. First is Pau 19 millions of cap space. In 2015, Nash 9 millions of cap space, In 2016, Kobe 24 millions of cap space. Come draft day, go for Dante Exum and sign Kevin Love for the power forward position.

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  • Daryl Peek

    Cal would be a good choice.

    • imbwar

      Cal would be a horrible choice… Cal and Kobe Bean Bryant… can’t see that ever happing.. Cal is a good college coach and good at recruiting 1 and done guys..but the NBA is a different beast, there is a reason he went back to college after the NETS debacle… Byron Scott is going to get this job…

      • Daryl Peek

        Cal would be a better than decent choice IMO. The Net were horrible when he took over and they got to the playoffs his second season. They lost to the Jordan lead Bulls but competed in the games. The Next season, the NBA shortened lockout one, the Nets stunk due to an unusual amount of injuries… Kittles, Rony Seikaly were out early in that season meanwhile Sam Cassell sprained an ankle and Jason Williams suffered a broken nose, courtesy of a Dikembe Mutombo elbow. Cassell, the team’s quarterback, would miss 13 of the next 17 games, putting three of Calipari’s top seven players on the sidelines. There was a divide also as Rony Seikaly, Kendall Gill, Jason Williams and assistant coach Don Casey were against Cal. Those players didn’t like busting tail in Calipari’s punishing defensive schemes. Cassell was traded for Marbury and Calipari’s fate was sealed.

        These are the main reason’s he didn’t make it in Jersey. Cal is more than just a recruiter. Keep in mind he was only 37 years old at the time he coached the Nets and came in the door boasting how he was gonna change the culture of the franchise and many of the incumbents didn’t take too kindly of that. Cal was well on the way to changing the culture but personal agenda’s killed that. Many of the young players he brought in, who were on his side went on to be the core of the team that B. Scott got to the finals twice… Van Horn, Kittles and Lucious Harris.

        “We hit a bump in the road, but I wanted to push forward and get over it,” he said on the day of his dismissal. “It’s funny — Bill Parcells called me today and said his third year in New England he was 6-10, and in his fourth year, they went to the Super Bowl.” –coach Cal

        Calipari is a a silver-tongued salesman and that could work in the LA market, especially if he can harness all of his past experience and status into getting these NBA players to buy into his coaching style, which mirrors that of Pat Riley in how hard he pushes them defensively. Cal would be the polar opposite of MDA, who’s all offense and not great with the media.

        • imbwar

          That is what worries me is that “silver- tongue”… it would work in the LA market due to the distaste left from MDA, but I just don’t see it working with Kobe and Nash or any other big time FA that comes in… I can see those guys just rolling their eyes at Cal. Kobe has so much respect for Coach K and the way he approaches the game and Cal and Coach K are polar opposites in the way the approach the game. Pat Riley was a hammer over the head coach 4 hour practices two-a-days, early morning practices the day of games… I don’t think Cal is that type of coach, yet if he is that is also a concern that won’t work with Kobe and any new FA coming in…. And I like Cal, but I hope he stays in school were he is better fit.

          • Daryl Peek

            Guess who respects coach Cal? Both Kobe and LeBron. Of course Kobe likes coach K. more. LeBron is very close to Calipari. Not saying he’d be the draw for LBJ to look at the Lakers but it could hurt. Also keep in mind how many other young players in the league like Cal. Many of them connect with Cal via his NBA age limit stance.

            Don’t get me wrong, I’m not turning flips for Cal as the next but the FO could do much worse.

          • nlruizjr

            they already have !!!!!

          • imbwar

            Daryl, that’s all well and good that Kobe respects him… Kobe respects MDA too, doesn’t mean that Cal is capable of coaching the Lakers going forward. Cal isn’t built for the NBA or the pressures that come with it in a big city, a aging (albeit great great player) and another FA. Byron Scott is the best option out there… he’s played and won championships and has coached teams to the finals… great relationship with Kobe and the Lakers Brass… I like Cal really do but not in the NBA with the Lakers or for any team for that matter…

          • Daryl Peek

            Not built for the NBA and a big city?!? He was in NY and led that horrible team to the playoffs in his second season. It doesn’t get any bigger pressure wise than that.

            Again, the young players he drafted and brought in were the core of the two teams B.Scott took to the finals just two seasons after Cal left. Chris Gatling, Michael Cage & Xaiver McDaniel were ten plus year vets on the down side of their careers on that team. I’d say I can see why he could possibly feel, he can succeed on the NBA level given that. Many of his peers both in basketball and other professional sport believe the same of him. Cal is a good HC not just a great college recruiter.

          • imbwar

            No he isn’t built for it that’s why he went back to college. He didn’t coach NY it was Jersey… You saying that Byron took Cal guys and won with them is the same argument the Phil won with Doug Collins guys… it falls on deaf ears..it took Byron coming in to win… you have to have the ability to be leader of men, and it isn’t Cal’s thing..it just isn’t. And then there’s the money he makes 5 mil plus bonuses, he is not getting that anywhere in the NBA, can he coach in the NBA I am sure he will at some point, to his determent and he’ll be back in the NCAA in 4 years… great college 1 and done recruiter but better coach…just not for the Lakers…

          • Daryl Peek

            Is Spoelstra a leader of men or just a good coach with great talent? You can be the greatest leader of men there is but without the talent you wont win. Cal knows how to get both things done. He proved it with the Nets in that short stint and has done it big on the college level. Many said the same of Pete Carroll and Larry Brown when they kept going back and forth between the pros and college. Neither you nor I have the ultimate knowledge of what Cal may become on the NBA level and I have not professed that. I’m just saying he can coach pros. Everyone is championship unproven til they win it.

          • imbwar

            No Spoelstra isn’t a leader of men… he has tremendous talent and mature talent at that. Cal didn’t get it done with the Nets and he said it time and time again… that’s the reason behind him passing up on numerous of NBA jobs after Memphis. Cal has it good, HE IS A GREAT coach, but to put him in the same class as LB, when Larry has won on every level, leader of men talented and not so talented, Larry didn’t go back to college for NO OTHER reason other than boredom with the NBA and dealing with the personalities and colleges ridiculous NCAA rules.. Larry goes back and forth for that reason alone, Pete C, isn’t a leader of men, HE UNDERSTANDS them where other NFL coaches struggle, yet you don’t have what you have happen at USC, leave in the middle of the night and claim to be a leader of men…. don’t get me wrong I think at some point Cal may decided to come to the L. I just don’t think it will OR should be with the Lakers w/Kobe who isn’t wanting, willing nor thinking about 3,4,5 years down the line…it’s win now or go the “F” home..we all know how Kobe thinks and demanding he is… Byron Scott is the man for the job, this job now and years to come… i am not taking anything from Cal at all, if Kobe wasn’t on the team, then maybe…maybe Cal comes and A.Davis, would jump at the chance to play for his College coach… you cant forget that Kobe, Gasol, Nash and the unnamed FA isn’t going to want a “rah rah” type of guy in the latter stages and with a young early draft pick, i just feel that B.Scott is the guy…we will see though in a month or so.

        • nlruizjr

          it takes a special college coach to come in and coach the Lakers and I don’t think one exist at this time, the Lakers need a defensive/offensive minded coach and B.Scott and Coop would fit the bill, these are guys the players would respect because they have been to the top of the hill, whereas MD never has been and never will be.

          • Daryl Peek

            Coop was horrible at USC!

      • Sylvia Ross

        imbwar, I hope that you are right, he does deserve a shot. Byron Scott please.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I hope we get Coach Calipari.Please please please make this come true.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Great championships coach that coaches defense at the highest level.

  • purp& goldpride

    We’ll take the dog and pony show over Pringles at this point

  • Erman

    Kent Bazemore ‏@KentBazemore20 2h
    I’d be sooo hype for Kevin Ollie

  • Erman

    Kent Bazemore ‏@KentBazemore20 33m
    Hype for Kevin Ollie if uconn pulls this out.

    Does our guy Kent Bazemore know something we all don’t know yet?I also support Kevin Ollie and Coach John Calipari.They are both great basketball coaches.Both are very different from one another but they share one thing in common winning.Also they are great teachers and they give motivation and inspiration to their teams they demand respect from every player.They are both true leaders of men.Coach John Calipari is the best recruiter of all time and in the NBA come free agency time that would help the Lakers recruit and win over all the star players.World Wide Wes is the agent of Coach John Calipari and LeBron James that could be a match made in heaven.

  • Browns A D’Asstoni



    ..FIRE HIS ASS!!!!!

  • Eddie Jones

    Im calling out Jeanie Buss since she supposedly says an advocate for the fans. If you want this franchise to end this year on a good note and start the offseason on a positive note, FIRE D’ANTONI! This so-called bring back SHOWTIME has led to the departure of Dwight Howard, disgruntled heart-and-soul of the team in Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, probably the highest record of injured players in a season, and the worse record in franchise history. If those things don’t state that we need a coaching change, then I don’t know what will!

    • vdogg

      very well said. i could not have put it better myself.

    • Daryl Peek

      Jeanie and Jimmy like their dad are not gonna wilt to fan pressure when it comes to FO decisions. Again, Dr. Buss never made that a practice and he passed that memo on to his children. If they move on from MDA it will be because they found a better coach of their liking not because of outside influence.

      • nlruizjr

        Daryl, don’t piss off the fans, they pay the bills !!!!!

        • Daryl Peek

          No ones trying to piss anyone off but if you think the front office is gonna let fans & pundits dictate hiring and firing, folks might as well stay pissed off.

    • independentbynature

      I was at the Forum for most games during the “Showtime” era.No Pat Riley team has ever ignored defense.

  • Devon Samuels²⁴

    ill take anybody just fire MDA!!!

  • 3339

    just fire dantoni. he has been a disaster. Just hearing reports like this gives me hope that the Lakers will finally admit their mistake and fire him.
    only way they can move forward

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