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Kevin Knox believes John Calipari won’t leave Kentucky for Knicks

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Legendary Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been eyed by the New York Knicks to rejuvenate the dilapidated squad from bottomfeeders to basketball supremacy. But Knicks forward and former Kentucky standout Kevin Knox firmly believes that his former coach won’t leave the school for New York.

According to Knox, who spent one year in Kentucky, Calipari ‘runs the state’ and it’s unlikely that he’ll trade that post for a job opportunity in the NBA, even more so the struggling Knicks.

“When Cal says he’s not going to do something, he’s pretty solid he’s not going to do it,” Knox told reporters when asked. “I think he’s came out with multiple reports saying he didn’t want to do it. Cal loves Kentucky. He runs that state, the fans love him there. He’s got the basketball program on lock there, so I don’t think he will leave that opportunity to keep helping kids get to the NBA. That’s something that he really loves to do. I think when he said he wasn’t going to, I think he’s kinda sold on that. He really doesn’t want to leave.”

Calipari actually had a stint in the NBA from 1996-98. He coached the Nets franchise and tallied a 72-112. His college coaching career, meanwhile, boasts of an impressive 768-216 in 28 college seasons which included stints at Massachusetts and Memphis. He entered Tuesday with a 323-76 record in 11 seasons at Kentucky, including the 2012 NCAA championship.

If we are to believe the Knicks sophomore, then we won’t be seeing Calipari along the Knicks’ sidelines yelling out instructions. Rumors reveal that the organization has included Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau in the shortlist. In the front office, they fired Steve Mills as president and are looking at Masai Ujiri to take his place.