Calipari went on to say:
"You'd have a chance to say, 'I coached here, I coached here and I coached Derrick Rose and I coached LeBron James.' Are you kidding me? To know he's all about championship. He's all about family. He will defer. He will give up money. He'll do whatever he has to.
"Yes, I would love to coach him. But early in his career I said maybe that would happen happen someday, but as we both get older it doesn't appear that it will happen. But he and I have never discussed it.''
The full story can be found here.
April 2, 2014
Wade says decisions remain on hold
Talk about James' ultimate decision has been on hold since the preseason. So, apparently, are plans to hash things out in advance of free agency between James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, with all three holding early-termination options.
In an interview for a piece in ESPN the Magazine, Wade said the future has yet to be broached by the three.
"I'm at a position where I don't really have to worry about it," Wade said. "I've been with the same organization for now 11 years. We've won multiple championships, so it's no reason where I need to think about that yet. I'm not at a point where we are a bad team and I need to think about the future, so right now I'm really focused on just enjoying this team, enjoying our quest to try to three-peat.
"And when the season is over, and whatever happens, then I will sit down with Chris and I will sit down with Bron and I will sit down and make the best decision for myself and my family."
He continued, "When we sat down and we signed our deals and all of us made sure we had an opt out in that fourth year, that was our option, so the option is there and you would hope that someone wants to be able to use their option as a player.
"As players, you only have so much time and you only have so many moments where you have the ability to control your own fate, so it's not a bad thing at all if that's what someone is thinking. I haven't had that conversation with Chris. I haven't had that conversation with Bron."
The piece at ESPN.com can be found here.
March 15, 2014
Could Jackson lure LeBron to New York?
The New York Daily News is postulating that the arrival of Phil Jackson to the Knicks' front office could give New York what it didn't have in July 2010: a legitimate shot at landing LeBron James as a free agent.
From a piece by columnist Frank Isola:
"Dolan and Jackson can dream big. Heat executives, according to a source, are not convinced that James will stay, though in their heart of hearts they believe he will re-sign. But Jackson's arrival changes things.