Lakers Rumors: John Calipari to leave Kentucky, become head coach of L.A.?

PHOTO: Yahoo! Sports
PHOTO: Yahoo! Sports

UPDATE: Mitch Kupchak said the “rumor is untrue,” according to the L.A. Times. Of course, it’s worth noting that at this point in time – while Mike D’Antoni is still the team’s head coach – Kupchak wouldn’t acknowledge the possibility of hiring another man for the job.


Well, this is interesting.

Just before tonight’s big NCAA championship game between the Kentucky Wildcats and UConn Huskies, a pretty big rumor hit the Twitterverse.

According to former NBA player and executive Rex Chapman, John Calipari will leave Kentucky after tonight’s game – win or lose – and will become the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.


Chapman is so confident that this will happen that he’s calling Calipari to L.A. a “done deal.”

Calipari coached the New Jersey Nets to a 72-112 record in the late nineties before being fired by the franchise.

However, it is also worth noting that Calipari grew close to Kobe Bryant during the 1996 NBA Draft and it seemed that the Black Mamba was destined to be headed to New Jersey until draft night when circumstances changed.

Bryant has been backing Kentucky throughout the tournament. Does he know something we don’t?

Watch this space.

Written by Ross Pickering

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