John Calipari has denied an ESPN report that he reached out to the New York Knicks through intermediaries to express his interest in the role of president of operations.
The Kentucky coach had been in Egypt coaching Team USA in the
He went on to express frustrations that he had to handle these types of stories while halfway across the world, and then logged off to go see the pyramids with his team.
On Friday morning, Calipari would reiterate his denial, telling ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" that he had no knowledge of a call of inquiry to the Knicks. "
While being president of the Knicks is clearly a desirable position on paper, the role currently comes with a lot of baggage. Jackson, billed as a potential savior that could turn the franchise around, turned into a pariah of New York sports fans. His first year with the team produced the worst regular season record in franchise history, and Jackson failed to reach the playoffs during his tenure with the team. Whoever ends up taking the gig will be leading a massive rebuild.
The search is still ongoing, but for now we can be fairly certain that John Calipari is not a part of the Knicks future.