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“I think when he walked into the gym, he still didn’t know [where he would go to college],” Portland (Ore.) Jefferson coach Pat Stricklandtold Nick Dashel of The Oregonian. “He told me [Saturday] he wasn’t ready to make his decision, but I still think Washington is the front-runner.”
ESPNChicago.com also listed a slew of potential replacements for Del Negro, including Doug Collins, Maurice Cheeks, Eric Musselman, Phil Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, Byron Scott, Sam Mitchell, Tom Thibodeau, Lawrence Frank, Dwane Casey, Avery Johnson and Calipari,
Yet Calipari denied interest, posting on his Facebook page: “Every year you will hear my named mentioned for NBA jobs because I coached in the league before. I’m very happy at Kentucky.”
He also told ESPN’s Andy Katz that he had no interest in the job.