April 8th, 2011 12:32 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Kentucky
Tags: Chris Paul, Creative Artists Agency, GM, James Dolan
Hold your breath, Kentucky fans. The John Calipari roller-coaster ride is about to get rolling again.
Longtime NBA writer Peter Vecsey of The New York Post writes today that New York Knicks owner James Dolan “may have eyes for John Calipari… to run the front office and coach.”
Vecsey admits he has no confirmation of this from the Knickerbockers. He’s also tried to contact UK’s coach to no avail. But he does believe the scenario makes sense in light of the fact that Dolan hasn’t picked up an option on his current GM’s contract even though he’s led the Knicks to the playoffs.
The writer’s take:
We’re talking about a marquee (there’s that word again) college coach fresh from another Final Four, who owns pro experience (some of it good with the Nets), is an outstanding recruiter (though NBA’s salary cap may limit impact) and relates remarkably well with young black players.
What’s more, Calipari is represented by William (World Wide) Wesley who works for Creative Artists Agency, Hollywood’s most powerful entertainment agency. One of its many patrons is Chris Paul, who figures to be on the market within a matter of months. He also reps Mark Warkentien, current part-time Knicks scout and former Nuggets’ VP; it’s felt he’d caddy for Cal in the office.
Connect the dots and such a plan sounds plausible. But at MrSEC.com Headquarters, we’ll believe Coach Cal is leaving Lexington when the moving vans arrive at his house.
We just can’t say it enough — Rick Pitino has already played that scenario out and the result is his current residence in Calipari’s shadow. Would Calipari really give up his college throne for a seat at the pro table?
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