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John Calipari interested in Knicks president vacancy

With Phil Jackson out as president, there’s a void that must be filled. Reportedly, John Calipari is interested in filling that void.

ESPN’s Ian Begley reported Thursday evening that the Kentucky coach “reached out to Knicks through intermediaries to express interest in the Knicks presidency, per ESPN league sources.”

Begley notes that at this time the Knicks aren’t interested in bringing Calipari on board, and that if there was mutual interest he’d likely have to coach as well as take over for Jackson in the front office.

All that said, it’s pretty monumental news that Calipari is interested in a move up to the NBA. He’s been very steadfast in his dedication to his current position at Kentucky in the past. Perhaps he sees this as his prime opportunity to take the big leap back up into the pro game.

The Knicks reportedly were looking at Isiah Thomas as a potential target, but he flat-out rejected the idea on Thursday.

Until the job is filled, Begley reports “GM Steve Mills is handling the club’s day-to-day operations and is expected to lead them through free agency.”

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