La Lakers have been heavily linked with an array of coaches this week, and the latest is the Kentucky coach John Calipari.
The impressive coach led his college basketball team to the NCAA tournament Championship Game during March Madness, with a 60-54 defeat last night against UConn derailing their hopes of glory.
That loss hasn't dampened the interest in Calipari though, and he was bombarded with questions about the Lakers links after the devastating defeat, with the coach coming up with a typically fiery response.
“The Lakers have a coach,” Calipari said after a 60-54 loss to Connecticut in the national title game. “Kentucky has a basketball coach. I got the best job in the country. I’m not going to even dignify that stuff.”
It has been a painful season for both the Lakers and current coach Mike D'Antoni, who has overseen a disastrous 25-52 record that sees them second bottom of the Western Conference standings.
Despite this, the Lakers are a reluctant to confirm that they will be letting go of D'Antoni at the end of an awful campaign.
And speaking after the NCAA tournament championship game, a Lakers spokesman denied that the team have finalised a deal with Calipari for his coaching services.
"I spoke to [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak and he said the rumor is untrue," Lakers spokesman John Black told the Los Angeles Times. "Mike D'Antoni is our coach. There have been no conversations about any specific names for any replacement."
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