Writing for the New York Post’s Knicks blog, Marc Berman doesn’t believe that the contract extension Kentucky gave basketball coach John Calipari on Monday will squelch rumors about Cal and the NBA.
Though he has told confidants he would only go to the NBA in a dual role as president/coach, it would be unlikely Knicks owner James Dolan would consider him for both positions. However, it is not inconceivable to him to be considered as head coach once Mike D’Antoni’s contract is up after next season, especially with CAA’s Mark Warkentien helping call the shots and CAA’s Chris Paul on the Knicks 2012 point guard radar. Warkentien was instrumental in the Knicks picking Kentucky center Josh Harrellson in the second round of last week’s draft.
Most of the Calipari/Knicks speculation has centered around Calipari’s relationship with Creative Artists Agency, which employs (among others) William Wesley. In fact, in the original contract released Monday, a copy was to be sent to CAA Sports LLC in New Jersey to the attention of Calipari’s agent, Leon Rose. CAA also represents LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and current Knick, Carmelo Anthony. Deron Williams is also reported to be switching to Rose.