Calipari says he's chasing UCLA, not NBA jobs

April 4, 2012 

Kentucky Coach John Calipari said Wednesday he's interested in more NCAA championships for UK — and not in any NBA jobs.

Calipari told ESPN that he isn't going to coach the New York Knicks or any other NBA franchise for the foreseeable future.

"Kentucky is the best job in basketball coaching," Calipari said. "Why would I leave? We just won the national title. We're chasing UCLA.

"... I've made statements that I've got the best job in basketball and I'm not going to change my lifestyle. I'm not leaving.

Kentucky's win over Kansas on Monday night gave the school eight national men's basketball titles, three short of UCLA's all-time record of 11.

Calipari said no NBA team has contacted him about an opening, including the Knicks, which are being coached by Mike Woodson on an interim basis after Mike D'Antoni resigned.

Calipari, Davison Kimmel show

John Calipari and Final Four Most Outstanding Player Anthony Davis will talk about their national championship season as guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night.

The show airs at midnight on ABC-36.

Basketballs benefit Make-A-Wish

Five thousand specially decorated basketballs commemorating Kentucky's 2012 Final Four appearance are available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Balls saluting Louisville are also available.

Fans may buy the basketballs for $99 by calling 1-800-345-2868 or visiting

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