Basketball Wiretap

Calipari Wouldn't Have Left Kentucky Even If He'd Known LeBron's Decision

Aug 17, 2014 11:33 AM

John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cleveland Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.

"Now, obviously coaching at Kentucky is special," said Calipari. "It is unique and special. But this, for me, becomes about these kids. I have no desire, nor am I out looking for (jobs). I got the job. I got the job. What would move me to stay was these kids need me here. That's what I'm doing. At the end of the day, that was what (kept him at UK). It wasn't money."

Calipari was "not as (close) as everybody thought" to leaving for the NBA.

Calipari says James' decision wouldn't have played a factor.

"No. No. I don't think so. Because he and I have a great relationship, but it's not based on me coaching him," Calipari said. "We've got a relationship. I've known him for years and years. We've always been friends. But it was never based on that. I've said that. I've had a chance to coach Derrick Rose, John Wall and DeMarcus (Cousins), Anthony Davis and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). And I'm leaving names off, but I've coached some of the best players in basketball, and it is a thrill. There's nothing better than that. Especially when those guys are all good guys.

"Well, LeBron is also that kind of player and that kind of person. But again, leaving guys who made decisions based on what's right for their career was something I couldn't have gotten by anyway."

Kyle Tucker/Courier-Journal

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Calvin Godfrey Transfers To Memphis

Aug 7, 2014 10:25 PM

Calvin Godfrey has transfered to Memphis as UConn and LSU have passed on the forward.

Godfrey began his career at Iowa State and was dismissed for marijuana possessoin.

Godfrey averaged 13.1 points and 8.8 rebounds last season at Southern before being ruled ineligible due to poor APR scores.

"He is a high-major talent," one coach told ESPN.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

Tags: Calvin Godfrey, Memphis Tigers, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Transfer, NCAA Misc Rumor

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