LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach John Calipari has reached out to the New York Knicks expressing interest in the team’s presidency, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Sources: John Calipari reached out to NYK through intermediaries to express interest in presidency. More: https://t.co/dLt8AMV9MP
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 29, 2017
The Knicks parted ways with former president Phil Jackson earlier this week.
“Presumably, Calipari would want to coach as well if he took over as president,” Begley writes.
Begley also reports, according to sources, that the Knicks don’t have interest in Calipari at the moment. A UK spokesperson issued the following statement regarding the report.
“Coach Calipari is in Egypt for the FIBA World Cup and is six hours ahead of us and not available for comment at this time. We will let you know when we have something to report or a response.”
Calipari has long been linked with several NBA posts since taking the job at Kentucky.
Calipari signed a two-year extension in late March that would keep him in Lexington through 2024.
“The last eight years at the University of Kentucky have been a terrific ride,” Calipari said at the time. “This extension shows our full commitment to each other. I believe this school is the gold standard and I’m so thankful and blessed that this university has given me this opportunity at this point in my career.”
This post will be updated as soon as more information is known.