John Calipari met with the media on Friday to preview Kentucky’s matchup at Knoxville with Tennessee.
On Thursday, an ESPN report surfaced that the New York Knicks were hiring Leon Rose to be the franchise’s next President. Rose is a close friend of the UK coach which led to everyone making connections about Calipari possibly becoming the next coach of the Knicks.
While Calipari fielded questions about the matchup with the Volunteers, Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader asked the question everyone wanted to know. Will John Calipari consider coaching the New York Knicks?
“I haven’t talked to Leon,” said Calipari. “So I don’t know if it’s done, if he’s doing it. I have no idea. But let me tell you about him: I’ve known him for 25 years, dear friend. I’ve never heard in 25 years anybody say a bad word about Leon Rose. Not one. He’s a gatherer. He’s a culture builder. I understand why they would do it – if they do that. Because I’m so close, I’d help him in any way I could, being a resource. You want to call me and ask me about college players, my own players, I’m here. It just wouldn’t be to coach.”
There you go. You can put those rumors to rest before they fire up.