The Cleveland Cavaliers only recently fired Mike Brown. Some had thought they might get rid of him earlier in the off-season. Holding on to him until they made a decision on the General Manager’s position made a lot of sense. Once David Griffin was hired he made the decision to let go of Brown. Some believe the Cavs did this because they had information about a specific coach they wanted, and his mutual interest in coaching the team. Sam Amico just tweeted out that the Cavaliers are pursuing John Calipari for the head coaching position:
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) May 14, 2014
Calipari would be a huge name and would ramp up speculation of LeBron James possibly returning. Coach Cal runs a dribble drive type offense that would work well with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. This could be nothing: of course the Cavs should make a run at any big name coach they could get. Or it could be where there is smoke there is fire: Cal could be looking for a challenge in the NBA. Many would downgrade Cal if he left after getting a few of his players to return for next year, but that is sadly the business of the NCAA and how things happen.
For the Cavs Calipari would be a huge hire, in name. He is an amazing recruiter in college, but could his X’s and O’s translate to the next level? Would he have the respect of veteran players? Would he get frustrated not having the best players on the court, like he always has had in college?
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What do you think about the possible hire of Cal?