John Calipari

Each year Kentucky coach John Calipari is rumored to be leaving college basketball and coming back to coach in the NBA.  Last summer he had the opportunity to take a job coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers but turned it down.  Now with the Cavaliers playing in the NBA Finals and the Kentucky Wildcats losing in the NCAA tourney, does Calipari have any regrets?

According to sources, the Cavs last year offered Calipari a 10-year deal worth $80 million to be the coach and president of the team, but he instead opted to sign a new seven-year deal with the Wildcats worth $52.5 million.

And with the Cavaliers having advanced to the NBA Finals under coach David Blatt, Calipari doesn’t think about what might’ve been.

“No,” Calipari said. “No, nope. Because what happened, and the reason I did what I did, was based on having guys come back who wanted to be coached. I didn’t feel comfortable not being at Kentucky.”

Calipari and the Wildcats chased perfection for most of this past season before losing to Wisconsin in the Final Four.


“No regrets,” Calipari said about turning down the Cavaliers. “I’ll be watching. But regrets? No. None. … I’m a guy that’s usually looking through the front window.”

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Source: ESPN