Report: Nets CEO wants to hire John Calipari as team president and coach

For years there have been rumors about John Calipari making a return to the NBA. Calipari was even recently linked to the Sacramento Kings as a possible replacement for George Karl, but so far the University of Kentucky coach has not made the move back to the NBA. This is probably because Calipari has repeatedly shot down these rumors because he's quite happy in Lexington.

But the rumors still persist. Especially when there is an open NBA head coaching opportunity. Like the one with the Brooklyn Nets, after they fired coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned general manager Billy King on Sunday

According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, Nets CEO Brett Yormark is enamored with Calipari and wants to hire the Kentucky coach to be Brooklyn's president and head coach:

One of the major influences in the search process promises to be Nets CEO Brett Yormark, who has remained an immense ally of Kentucky coach John Calipari since Calipari's late 1990s tenure as Nets president and coach. Yormark has remained a proponent of making a lucrative offer to bring Calipari back to the Nets in a dual president and coaching role, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

As Wojanarowski notes, Calipari was once the Nets president and coach in the late 1990s, so if he did leave Kentucky, it would be for a role he is quite familiar with. This is the type of role that Stan Van Gundy has with the Detroit Pistons and Doc Rivers has with the Los Angeles Clippers. And with the type of control Calipari has with Kentucky, this would be a somewhat similar position with the Nets.

However, Calipari is still the coach at Kentucky and has not hinted at leaving or expressed any interest in this type of position with the Nets. He currently has a job that he is quite happy with, so it is hard to see Calipari leaving Kentucky to come to Brooklyn. Especially since Calipari has such good job security at Kentucky, which as King and Hollins found out on Sunday, does not truly exist in Brooklyn.

The Nets CEO wants Calipari to coach in Brooklyn.
The Nets CEO wants John Calipari back with the franchise. (USATSI)
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Ananth Pandian has been writing about all NBA-related things including the social and lifestyle aspect of the sport for CBS Sports since 2015. His name is actually easy to pronounce, just remember it is... Full Bio

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