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John Calipari quashes rumors he'd interview for Lakers head coach

By Kyle Johnson,

Since Mike D'Antoni resigned as the Los Angeles Lakers head coach on Wednesday, rumors have begun to surface about who the Lakers may turn to next, but John Calipari wants people to know it won't be him.

Thursday morning Calipari, the Kentucky head coach, took to Twitter to let everyone know that he wouldn't be leaving his team. He tweeted: "Before it starts, I'm totally committed to helping this group of young men reach their dreams. I wouldn't & couldn't leave this group!"

USA Today points out that he has little incentive to leave Kentucky where he still has a chance to win a national championship after most of his players opted to return for at least one more season. Still, while Calipari knew he'd likely come up in conversations in the media about the head coaching vacancy, he's also shown he isn't exactly trustworthy when denying a possible move.

Calipari denied any chance of leaving Memphis five years ago while talking with Memphis Commercial Review after losing out in the Sweet 16, but then jetted over to Kentucky less than a week later.

D'Antoni stepped down after less than two seasons with the Los Angeles team. He had signaled a willingness to stay provided the team picked up his contract option, which they weren't interested in doing.

 
 

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