Thursday, May 6, 2010

John Calipari Interested in Bulls Job, but . . .

Rumor has it that Calipari is entertaining the idea of interviewing for the Chicago Bulls head coaching job. While other successful college coaches have struggled in the transition to the NBA, DBSF believes there is one critical factor that will further inhibit Calipari's success--the other teams pay players too.

Having a top five team every year in NCAA isn't that difficult when you recruit and sign four of the top ten prospects each season under the most dubious of circumstances. But, in the NBA there's this thing called the salary cap, which is associated with these other things that players get called salaries. More strikingly, it's acknowledged and accepted (there are even labor union agreements that structure how much players can get paid).

It's a different game when you can't field and physically and athletically superior starting five. Look if the NBA let's Calipari sign LeBron, Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, and Amare Stoudemire, DBSF is confident Calipari will have a playoff caliber team. But, under the more likely circumstances where he would have Kirk Hinrich playing guard for 25 minutes a game the outcomes might be a little less spectacular than his college coaching achievements.

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