In a stunner, a college coaching legend reportedly has interest in running the New York Knicks Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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One word — WHOA!

Yes, the New York Daily News is reporting that John Calipari, the long-time college coach who now heads one of the best programs in the country in Kentucky, has interest in becoming president of the New York Knicks. The Knicks are looking because they dumped Phil Jackson (the releases said it was a “mutual parting of the ways”) because he alienated the teams’s star (Carmelo Anthony), said he was interested in listening to offers one on of the best young players in the league (Kristaps Porzingis) and  insisted his poor coaching staff run a triangle offense that the players just didn’t buy in to.

ESPN, which broke the news,  reported, however, the Knicks don’t appear to be interested in the 58-year-old Calapari, at least not now. “Presumably,” ESPN reported, Calapari would also want to coach, and his coaching stint in the NBA was, well, awful.  He coached the Nets from 1996 to 1998 and was fired after he started the 1998 season 3-17. His overall record with the Nets was 72-112, for a .391 winning percentage.

Calipari’s contract with  Kentucky runs through  2024 and pays about $8 million a year.

The Knicks, according to reports, are enamored with Toronto Raptors general manager and president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri, ans they should be since he’s — good at what he does.

Ray Marcano About the author:
Ray grew up in the Bronx, New York, so no surprise --- he's a lifelong New York Yankee fan. He's suffered through the last 40 years of bad New York hoops (he's a Knicks fan) and gets occasional giggles from the Rangers (NHL finals last year!).  In addition to his ...Read more
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