Calipari has "no regrets" about turning down the Cavaliers
06/04/2015 09:00 PM
OAKLAND, CA — By signing his latest contract extension last month, John Calipari committed himself to the University of Kentucky through the 2022 season.
But just last summer, the Hall of Famer might have been close to taking his talents to Cleveland — and possibly coaching King James in Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight.
During the “Coaches Beat Cancer” golfing event in Oakland earlier this week, Calipari told reporters that the only other job he’s seriously considered taking during his UK tenure was the opening with the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer.
“The only thing that was ever serious was the Cleveland thing,” Calipari told Yahoo Sports at Oakland Hills Country Club.
ESPN reported on Monday that the Cavs offered Calipari a 10-year deal worth 80 million dollars to lure him away from Lexington, but Cal declined to instead sign a new 7-year deal worth 52 million with the Wildcats.
Of course, David Blatt ended up filling the Cavs’ coaching vacancy, and LeBron James was soon to follow.
With LeBron and the Cavs taking on the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Monday night, Calipari said he has now regrets about not being there to pace the sidelines at Oracle Arena.
“No, nope. Because what happened, and the reason I did what I did, was based on having guys come back who wanted to be coached. I didn’t feel comfortable not being at Kentucky.”
When asked if he’ll be following the series, “Yes, I’ll be watching, responded Calipari. “But regrets? No, none. I’m a guy that’s usually looking through the front window.”