LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari is denying rumors he has interest in being the president and head coach of the New York Knicks.
Ian Begley of ESPN.com tweeted Thursday night that a source told him Calipari had reached out to the Knicks about the vacancy recently left by the departure of Phil Jackson. Begley added that Calipari would presumably want to coach the team as well.
Calipari, who is in Egypt coaching the U-19 United States National Team, tweeted just after 5 a.m. local time (11 p.m. EDT) that "NO ONE has contacted the Knicks on my behalf."
"I am the coach at Kentucky and will be for a long time!" he added.
This is not the first time Calipari has been linked to an NBA opening. In the summer of 2014, he was rumored to be interested in a 10-year, $100 million offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers. He ultimately turned that down.
Calipari most recently coached in the NBA from 1996-1999 with the New Jersey Nets.