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Knicks in prime spot to land Calipari

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08:08 AM ET 04.04 | John Calipari has his title now. [The Knicks] have three necessities that Calipari desperately needs: a vacancy, a big stage and a blank check. ... [Calipari] will get Kentucky to push past his $5 million a season salary. How far does UK go, though? Six million? Seven? Kentucky doesn't lose bidding wars, but it would lose this one. And for the monolith of a program that he's constructed in Lexington -- an assembly line of recruiting and player development -- Calipari understands that the nature of big-time recruiting leaves him vulnerable to investigation and scandal. No one has ever popped Calipari on the big one, but you never know. For $40 million over five years with New York, Calipari will sleep better in the NBA, and he knows it.

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April 4, 2012  08:24 AM ET

Sorry, Knicks fans. Looks like this will be the topic of record for you the next few weeks.

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April 4, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Waste of time... he's a college coach. Him and Rick Pitino should stick to coaching kids.

April 4, 2012  08:44 AM ET
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Only the Knicks is dumb enough to overpay this coach. He will suck in the NBA because he won't have the best players on the team. If he was coaching a team w/ mediocre players in college like VCU or Butler, he will probably not have a winning season.

The thing he has in college is the one thing he'll never have in the NBA... control over the players.

The kids play for him and HE rules their future. In the Pros he's just another guy and the players can tune him out with no worries. In the NBA the PLAYERS run the show.

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April 4, 2012  09:13 AM ET

Calipari cant fix the knicks. Phil Jackson or the incumbent Mike Woodson are the best coaches for the job. Calipari works best with talented teams and the knicks dont have enough for him to successful with.

April 4, 2012  09:14 AM ET

Might as well keep Woodson.

April 4, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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Ugh!
NY doesnt need calipari.....

Agreed...

The only value out of this entire discussion is that Calipari will get a nice bump on the W-2 in his current job. I would be shocked if he actually showed up on an NBA bench.

He has the cushiest job in basketball right now.

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April 4, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Sorry, Knicks fans. Looks like this will be the topic of record for you the next few weeks.

No thank you to Calipari... Yes ti the Zen master.. Heck, yes even to Ewing before Calipari!

 
April 4, 2012  09:26 AM ET

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