Kentucky coach John Calipari reportedly wants to have another opportunity to coach in the NBA, and it could come with former team the Brooklyn Nets.
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Calipari is currently leading the Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament as they eye going unbeaten for the entire season, and as he continues to display a high level of success at college level, a return to the NBA has inevitably been discussed by the media.
According to a Nets front office official, Calipari wants the chance to have another crack at it and the organisation may be willing to give it another go after management changes in the last few years.
“He desperately wants it. He won’t say it out loud. The NBA is the only place he’s ever failed and it drives him nuts. He’s not the same guy he was then. He came to the NBA and he wasn’t ready. He’s ready now,” the official said, as reported by NorthJersey.com.
Calipari’s previous stint with the Nets ended in a 72-112 record over three seasons with the franchise, and after failing he went back to collegiate level where he has since rebuilt his reputation.
The Kentucky coach has become known as the best recruiter in the game and has produced winner after winner on the program with the likes of John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Anthony Davis all playing for him during his time in charge.
It was reported last year that he turned down the opportunity to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that decision came before it was confirmed that LeBron James was returning and so that could have changed his mind.
While his immediate focus will be on guiding Kentucky beyond the Elite Eight and securing their place in the history books, it is certainly worth considering that the culture in the NBA has changed since 1999 and he would arguably prove to be a lot more successful this time round.