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John Calipari Would Love To Coach LeBron

John Calipari has interest in coaching LeBron James at one point, but he doesn't believe the time is now.

"Are you kidding me?'' Calipari said in a telephone interview on Wednesday morning when asked about his interest in coaching James. "Have a chance to coach the best player in the world? Yes, I would love to coach him. But what's happened is our careers are criss-crossing without crossing.

"I'm not in a position where I would leave Kentucky right now. I'm not sure whether this is his last contract, or his next-to-last contract. But I would tell you if I had a chance to, I would absolutely.''

Calipari has been linked to NBA jobs though he appears focused at remaining at Kentucky.

"You'd have a chance to say, 'I coached here, I coached here and I coached Derrick Rose and I coached LeBron James,'' said Calipari. "Are you kidding me? To know he's all about championship. He's all about family. He will defer. He will give up money. He'll do whatever he has to.

"Yes, I would love to coach him. But early in his career I said maybe that would happen happen some day, but as we both get older it doesn't appear that it will happen. But he and I have never discussed it.''

Via Mary Schmitt Boyer/The Plain Dealer

Kevin Ollie Receives Inquiries From NBA Teams As UConn Extension Progresses

As negotiations on a contract extension progress with the University of Connecticut, Kevin Ollie has received formal contact from NBA teams to discuss head coaching vacancies, league sources told RealGM.

Ollie heard inquiries from NBA teams in recent days, and UConn’s plans to extend the freshly minted national championship coach have moved along, too. Nevertheless, Ollie has engaged in firm discussions in the NBA – nearing the stage of interviewing with a team, sources told RealGM. With Ollie on a busy schedule, no interview is slated to take place during the Chicago predraft combine, sources said.

Around the league, Ollie maintains a strong reputation from his playing days, a 13-year career in which he served as a leadership figure on teams and earned a place through a gritty, relentless approach. Ollie established relationships with the NBA’s current one-two superstars, LeBron James and Kevin Durant, while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Despite the Los Angeles Lakers’ pursuit to fill their vacancy with a splashy and substantial figure, the franchise has yet to formally reach out to Ollie, a source told RealGM. Within the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been tabbed as highly aggressive in the chase to ace their next coaching hire.

Ollie had proven himself on the highest level of professional basketball, and the 41-year-old led UConn to an improbable national title this season. For league executives, his collegiate success and league reputation made it inevitable for him to receive an opportunity to translate his coaching to the NBA.

Throughout the NCAA offseason, Ollie has made clear that his loyalty lies with his alma mater UConn.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Elijah Brown Transfers From Butler To New Mexico

Elijah Brown has transferred from Butler to New Mexico.

Brown will have three years of eligibility remaining after sitting out in 14-15.

Brown is the son of Mike Brown.

With Kendall Williams out of eligibility and Hugh Greenwood being a senior next season, the addition of Brown is an important one for New Mexico head coach Craig Neal.

Via Raphielle Johnson/CollegeBasketballTalk

Oregon State, Michigan State Had Hoped To Play Game At White House

Michigan State and Oregon State have shelved plans to play a game under a canopy on the White House grounds in the fall of 2016.

The Beavers fired Craig Robinson, brother-in-law to Barack Obama, this week.

“You’re always looking to explore unique opportunities for student-athletes, and that was one we were looking at,” Mark Hollis told the Free Press of the event that he devised as a way to honor Obama’s eight years in office. “It wasn’t a done deal, but it was one of the dreams. And it was very doable, in terms of logistics.”

Hollis is responsible for playing a game on an aircraft carrier in 2011, as well as a four-team barnstorming event in 2018.

Via Joe Rexrode/Detroit Free-Press

Roy Williams Believes He Belongs Solely As College Coach

Roy Williams has been speculated as a potential candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers' head coaching vacancy, but the UNC head coach did his best to squash the reports.

“I've always felt like that I'm a college coach and that's where I belong,” Williams said. “(Lakers general manager) Mitch Kupchak is one of my best friends in the whole wide world, there's no question there, but I'm a college guy and if somebody calls and offers me the greatest job in the world, it better be really good because I feel like I've got about the greatest job in the world.”

Williams declined to interview for the Lakers' job in 2004.

Via FOX Sports Radio

Kevin Ollie Expects To Open Up NBA Discussions If No Extension With UConn Forms

Kevin Ollie has yet to be formally contacted by any NBA teams about their head coaching vacancy, sources tell RealGM.

Connecticut hopes to reward Ollie with a contract extension, but he's expected to open up discussions with NBA teams if no deal forms.

Ollie was a longtime player in the NBA and has excellent relationships with many current players.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Justin Simon Commits To Arizona

Justin Simon has committed to Arizona as a member of the 2015 incoming class.

Simon is considered one of the top point guards in the class.

Via Josh Gershon/Scout.com

Stephen Domingo Transfers From Georgetown To Cal

Stephen Domingo has decided to transfer from Georgetown to Cal.

Domingo is a native of California and considered committing to Berkeley out of high school.

The 6'7 wing must sit out the 14-15 season.

Via Leland Wong/California Golden Blogs

Matt McQuaid Commits To SMU

Matt McQuaid has committed to SMU as a member of the 2015 incoming freshman class.

McQuaid is considered one of the best shooters in the country.

McQuaid is a four-star recruit.

Via D1Circuit

Oregon State Fires Craig Robinson

Oregon State has fired Craig Robinson as head coach.

In six seasons, Robinson went 95-104 with no NCAA tournament appearances. The Beavers went 16-16 last season and are losing all five starters from that team.

The Oregonian reported in March that Robinson would receive a buyout of $4 million.

Robinson began his tenure with a 18-win season in 2008-09, as he took a team that had lost 21 consecutive Pac-10 games and put the program on the right track.

Via Pete Thamel/Sports Illustrated

Kevin Ollie Willing To Listen To Interest From NBA

Kevin Ollie is willing to listen to NBA interest, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

Devonte Graham Commits To Kansas

Devonte Graham has committed to Kansas as the best remaining point guard in the incoming class of 2014.

Naadir Tharpe To Transfer From Kansas

Kansas will likely go into next season with sophomores Frank Mason and Conner Frankamp battling for the starting spot.

Calipari 'Wouldn't, Couldn't Leave This Group' Of Kentucky Players

John Calipari has been linked to the head coaching job of the Lakers following the departure of Mike D'Antoni.

Lakers To Reach Out To Kevin Ollie, John Calipari

The Lakers hope to "make a splash" with their eventual head coaching choice.

Myles Turner Commits To Texas

Myles Turner is a top-five prospect in the 2014 incoming class.

NBA Announces List Of 75 Early Entry Candidates For Draft

The NBA has announced 75 early entry candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft, including 45 players from colleges and 30 International players.

Tom Izzo To Return To Michigan State Next Season Despite Reported NBA Interest

Tom Izzo is reportedly a candidate for the coach openings of the Timberwolves and Pistons.

Chane Behanan Declares For NBA Draft

Chane Behanan has declared for the 2014 NBA Draft to forgo his senior season.

Jordan Adams Changes Mind, Leaves UCLA For NBA Draft

Jordan Adams averaged 17.4 points per game last season.

Ryan Boatright Returns To UConn For Senior Season

Ryan Boatright averaged 12.1 points and 3.5 rebounds as a junior last season.

DeAndre Daniels Leaves UConn For NBA Draft

DeAndre Daniels averaged 13.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game as a junior at UConn.

Harrisons Decide To Remain At Kentucky For Sophomore Season

Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison have decided not to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Mitch McGary Declares For NBA Draft After Testing Positive For Marijuana

Mitch McGary played in only eight games in 13-14 before a back injury ended his season.

Khem Birch Declares For NBA Draft

Khem Birch was a McDonald's All-American in 2011.

Spencer Dinwiddie Declares For NBA Draft

Spencer Dinwiddie averaged 13 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals during his college career.

Dan D'Antoni Hired As Head Coach Of Marshall

Dan D'Antoni graduated from Marshall in 1970.

Exec: Karl Towns' Shooting Ability Will Make Him A Major Asset

Karl Towns Jr. had several good performances in the high school All-Star game circuit, showing his potential as a jump shooting big.

Scout: Jahlil Okafor Could Have Issues Not Being Explosive Around Basket

Jahlil Okafor is one of the most polished post players to come out of high school in many years.

Dakari Johnson Stays At Kentucky, Won't Declare For NBA Draft

Dakari Johnson averaged 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 14.1 minutes per game as a freshman out of Montverde Academy.
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