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Kevin Knox says John Calipari “runs the state” and won’t leave to coach Knicks

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former University of Kentucky player Kevin Knox isn’t buying media speculation that John Calipari, his coach at UK, could be coaching the New York Knicks next year.

Agent David Falk believes the new Knicks management team will make a push to get Calipari, who coached the New Jersey Nets from 1996-1999 before being fired and then spent one year as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Calipari went from the 76ers to college where he coached Memphis and then came to Kentucky in 2009 and won a national title in 2012. Calipari almost immediately said he would not be coaching the Knicks once speculation started that he could be.

Falk didn’t buy it and during an interview with Joe Beningo and Evan Roberts on WFAN Sports Radio in New York said, I’ll take bets on how long it’s going to take before they hire John Calipari. I’d say 30 seconds. And I hope it works. I’m rooting for him to make it work.”

Knox  doesn’t see it happening and made that clear in a video posted by the New York Knicks

“When Cal says he’s not going to do something, he’s pretty solid he’s not going to do. I think he’s come out, multiple reports, saying he’s not going to do it,” Knox said.

“Cal loves Kentucky, he runs that state. The fans love him there, he’s got the basketball program on lock there.”

Larry Vaught
Larry Vaught is a seven-time winner of the Kentucky Sportswriter of the Year award and has covered University of Kentucky sports since 1975. Larry now has a syndicated UK sports column appearing in 34 newspapers across the state as well as http://www.yoursportsedge.com/, and http://www.cameronmillsradio.com/. Larry also joins Mark Buerger and Anthony White on WLAP Sunday Morning Sports each week in Lexington as well as appearing each Tuesday with Tom Leach on The Leach Report.

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