John Calipari has become one of the most recognizable coaches in college basketball. Bringing the Kentucky Wildcats storied program back to the prestige it was held. Calipari revolutionized the one and done rule to the point that other coaches were forced to adjust their mentality to compete.
Calipari is kind of a turd. He’s cocky, loud, conceded and a winner. These traits, are the traits of a coach that can make it in the league now. His confidence makes him relatable to players. He has the confidence that is the way society is, most recently shown by the comments of the “GOAT” Lebron James.
Let’s look at the potential for Cal in the NBA. The Washington Wizards will most likely move on from Scott Brooks at the end of the season. Why not make a call to coach Cal and see if he would be interested in working with his old buddy John Wall again? Wall has shown immaturity throughout his career, but he has a respect for his old college coach. If the Wizards are committed to making it work with Wall bringing in a coach of his choosing like Calipari would be a smart move. They can move Bradley Beal for a mid-level player and clear some cap space for impending free agent DeMarcus Cousins in 2019 or potentially wait for the big piece in two years with Anthony Davis. Both former Calipari guys and both would show interest in matching up with their former coach.
Let’s not act like bringing Calipari to the LA Lakers wouldn’t be completely crazy. Luke Walton has not made himself indispensable. Adding Cal would work to help them recruiting Anthony Davis as well as make huge headlines for an organization
Ok, maybe that idea is farfetched. Why would those guys want to go to Washington? Well why would Paul George stay in Oklahoma? Why did Lebron go back to Cleveland? What is the deal with Kawhi Leonard? There are a lot of things that are hard to explain, the NBA continuously has players, coaches and teams that make questionable decisions. Is it so crazy to think that these players aren’t drawn to Calipari and his loose style and demeanor?
Why would Calipari leave Kentucky? Being one of the most successful college coaches of my generation is no joke. He was able to take UMass and Memphis to heights that they have never been. Now he is at one the most prestigious universities of all time. The reason he may leave is that the one and done rule is on its way out. New developmental leagues are going to attract players that want to make money instead of spending a year being forced to go to classes that they do not care about. This change will have an impact on the way Calipari has been building his teams.
While the changes in the NCAA can have an impact, I think it is the past failures in the NBA that will drive Calipari to the NBA. During his time in New Jersey he was the definition of inconsistency finishing with a career record of 72-112. This has to sit in his mind. His personality will drive him to make an impact in the NBA before he calls it quits. If Calipari was going to the NBA it should happen now.