Calipari is in Cairo coaching the USA U19 team, which beat France, 82-60, Thursday in an exhibition in which Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo went for 15 points. Calipari generally denies his interest in NBA openings on Twitter. In 2015, he denied interest in reuniting with star center Anthony Davis and former guard Tyreke Evans as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Even in Egypt I can’t escape the rumors. Are you kidding me?! It’s 5 in the morning here and this is what I wake up to?— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 30, 2017
“Even though Anthony and Tyreke are in New Orleans, I have no interest in coaching the Pelicans or any other coaching position,” Calipari said then. “I have a great job and I’m happy at Kentucky.”Calipari recently signed an extension at Kentucky that takes him through the 2023-24 season and pays him $8 million annually. Recently fired Knicks President Phil Jackson reportedly made $12 million annually for five years, and the Knicks still owe him $24 million. Meantime, former Knicks President and coach Isiah Thomas denied his interest in returning to the Knicks. Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And Like Zags on Facebook