It’s been about 17 years since Kentucky coach John Calipari left the Nets, and about 16 since he left the NBA to trade in his time in the pros for a college coaching gig.
Now the Nets want him back.
According to a report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Brooklyn Nets are interested in hiring Calipari as the team’s new coach and president. The news comes hours after the Nets fired head coach Lionel Hollins on Sunday.
Calipari hasn’t been in the NBA since 2000, when he served as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers for one season. Prior to that, he was the Nets’ head coach from 1996-1999. He then went to Memphis from 2000 until 2009, before accepting his current role at Kentucky.
Calipari went 72-112 during his time with the Nets, but since returning to college has become one of the premier coaches in the country. He’s helped the Wildcats reach the Final Four in four of the past five seasons, winning the championship in 2012.