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    Re: UK basketball question

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph View Post
    For all the talk going around, I think there are only 3 coaches in the country who are absolute "No's"

    Coach K
    Roy Williams
    Bill Self.

    Period. Sorry OSU fans. Sorry Texas fans. Sorry [insert school who thinks their situation is better than UK longterm] fans. Those three are at schools that they want to be at, and are at top 5 all time programs. Everyone else will at least consider it long and hard, Matta and Donovan included. They may not come, but they will take the call and talk dollars and such with families and agents.

    UK is the Yankees, and the Lakers, and the Red Wings. It's a destination, dream job for 99.9% of the coaches in America.

    No matter how badly Tubby was treated [and yes he was treated very badly by Big Blue nation]
    This job is as you described.That's why I say start at the top and work your way down.Whoever is at the top..start there and dont "assume" they will say no.

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    Re: UK basketball question

    The reports about Crean and Few and people like that being the favorites is pure mularkey. ESPN and most major media have been wrong on this story for weeks, and they continue to be wrong. Andy Katz for some reason is leading a charge that thinks Kentucky is going to HAVE to "settle" for their next coach.

    There was no "sudden surprise" to this story - Minnesota's AD even slipped in this morning's press conference that this has been in the works for six weeks.

    Billy Donovan's the favorite to get the job, btw.

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    Re: UK basketball question

    There is nothing to this....just throwing a name out there.

    How about John Calipari?

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    Give me Phil Jackson

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    Re: UK basketball question

    A rumour going around lexington is Mike D'Antoni has expressed interest to Mitch.
    Dont know if true or not but him and Donovan would be top 2 choices.
    I would love to see Mike bring his style to Kentucky !

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmac View Post
    A rumour going around lexington is Mike D'Antoni has expressed interest to Mitch.
    Dont know if true or not but him and Donovan would be top 2 choices.
    I would love to see Mike bring his style to Kentucky !
    Very interesing, very interesting indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph View Post
    Very interesing, very interesting indeed.
    Course if he came...reckon he could bring Nash,Marion and Stoudamire?
    Looks like we might need them in 07.

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    D'Antoni would be an incredible hire.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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    Re: UK basketball question

    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    D'Antoni would be an incredible hire.
    Maybe so, but remember that he has a couple of months to finish out this NBA season, guiding a team that's at the top of its division. Would UK wait that long to have a coach in place? Highly doubtful, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedRoser View Post
    Maybe so, but remember that he has a couple of months to finish out this NBA season, guiding a team that's at the top of its division. Would UK wait that long to have a coach in place? Highly doubtful, IMO.

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    This is my thoughts as well.
    I would have him my #1 choice but I cant really see him leaving for a couple of months which would be too long.
    Thats why I am afraid we might get stuck with someone like the Marquette guy.

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    Re: UK basketball question

    Has anyone noticed the nice dance step Billy Donovan did ?
    At the press conference, that is...

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    Billy D has been extremely non-committal whenever asked about the UK job. He's definitely not dismissing it out of turn, FWIW.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    Billy D has been extremely non-committal whenever asked about the UK job. He's definitely not dismissing it out of turn, FWIW.
    I respect that too.
    I mean you have your Petrino's and Sabin's who come and say "no" one day then announce they are leaving the next.
    Hey...Donovan just said stuff like it was someone else's call.
    Will he come or not....stay tuned !
    Donovan or D'Antoni make it happen Mitch.

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    Re: UK basketball question

    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    D'Antoni would be an incredible hire.

    Marshall didn't think so a couple of years back when he wanted the job.
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    Re: UK basketball question

    In a move which suprise nobody...

    Morris follows Tubby out, signs with Knicks
    By Jerry Tipton
    Apparently, there was no off switch on the newfound hustle University of Kentucky center Randolph Morris showed this post-season.
    Less than a week after saying he would explore his NBA options, Morris signed a two-year contract with the New York Knicks reportedly worth $1.6 million per season.

    Morris signed only a day after Kentucky Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart asked him to delay a decision on turning pro until UK hired a coach to replace Tubby Smith.

    Although Morris led the Wildcats in scoring (16.1 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and blocks (70), ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas saw the loss as more a temporary setback than a death blow to the UK program.

    "As soon as Kentucky decides (on a coach), they'll be able to get good players," Bilas said. "This is part of a longer process. It's not just next season."

    Bilas noted that coaching changes typically bring player defections. On Wednesday, Smith left UK after 10 seasons to become coach at the University of Minnesota.

    Morris, one of three McDonald's All-Americans who joined UK in 2004, was in an unusual position of being an NBA free agent after his freshman season. He received that status because no team picked him in the 2005 NBA draft. NBA rules made him a free agent free to sign with any team at any time.

    So Kentucky was fortunate that Morris did not leave abruptly in the way Christian Drejer bolted from Florida for a pro contract in Europe in 2003.

    "Actually, it's better he did it now rather than two months from now," Bilas said. "When Kentucky gets a coach, he'll know exactly what they need."

    Morris is expected to be in uniform as soon as Monday when the Knicks play Orlando.

    "We said all along that in terms of building this team we would have to find unconventional ways to try to find talent and get out and beat the bushes," said Isiah Thomas, the Knicks' coach and director of basketball operations. "This is a very unique situation and I don't know if there has been something similar to this. The rules allowed it, and here we are."

    When he entered the 2005 draft, Morris worked out for the Knicks. Speculation had him being taken by New York late in the first round.

    Coincidentally, his contract equates to first-round money, on par with what the 26th pick received in last year's draft and what the 30th pick will receive this year, according to the NBA rookie salary scale.

    "He'll benefit from us pounding it inside, and it will give us more options to go inside," Thomas said. "It's another guy we can add to our young core. We're very happy to have him. It's another 'big' and it's almost like another pick in this year's draft -- just a little early."

    New York had another incentive to sign Morris. In a trade for big man Eddy Curry, the Knicks gave the Chicago Bulls the right to swap first-round picks in this year's draft. The Bulls are all but guaranteed to finish ahead of New York, and thus they would want to swap draft positions.

    The Knicks are on the cusp of making the playoffs and would not want the embarrassment of giving Chicago a lottery pick.
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