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John Calipari will return to the NBA one day, predicts Raptors' Patrick Patterson

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After firing Lionel Hollins, the Brooklyn Nets are searching for a replacement head coach.

One man who has come up as a potential candidate for the role - as he does for virtually every NBA head coaching position - is University of Kentucky HC John Calipari. 

In demand

The 56-year-old has distanced himself from the position in recent days via social media, but one of his former stars at UK has backed Calipari to give into the urge to return to the NBA at some point down the line.

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Toronto Raptors forward/center Patrick Patterson, who played under Calipari in the 2009-10 NCAA season, believes his former coach would be a big success in the pros:

"I think he'd make a great head coach in the NBA," Patterson told GiveMeSport this week, not long after touching down in London for Toronto's Global Game against the Orlando Magic.

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"He's able to relate to players so well. People love to listen to him, people love to learn from him."

West Virginia v Kentucky

After leading Kentucky to four Final Four appearances and one title, as well as nurturing some of the biggest stars currently playing in the NBA, Calipari's reputation is known across the league.

But, despite reports of a $120 million, 10-year contract demand, he emphasised his commitment to the Wildcats via his Twitter account this week.

Temptation

In Patterson's view, however, there will come a time when the temptation to return to the NBA will become too much:

"One day he will (come back). He's in the perfect situation at the University of Kentucky, the mecca of college basketball, he's worshiped by all. The fans love him, the kids love him, the students love him, he's a God not just in Kentucky but in the nation's eyes. 

Illinois State v Kentucky

"But there's always that itch to want to get back into the NBA and coach at that level again. So, will it be next year, will it be two years from now? I don't know, but one day he will be back in the NBA."

NBA fans: Would you swap your head coach for Calipari? Have your say in the comments below...

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