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Were The Cavaliers Crazy To Offer John Calipari A Huge Contract To Serve As Their Head Coach & Team President?

Submitted by on June 14, 2014 – 2:44 pmNo Comment
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These days, it feels like NBA teams are getting more and more desperate to find head coaches who can get their fan bases excited and give their teams a better chance to win. Once upon a time, NBA fans didn’t really care who their teams’ head coaches were. They only cared about the players on the team and the team’s chances of winning. But today, guys like Steve Kerr, Derek Fisher, and others are getting head coaching jobs simply because they inject some immediate interest into teams and because the belief is that that will somehow translate into more wins. So with that in mind, we weren’t all that surprised to hear that the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly offered Kentucky head coach John Calipari a job recently. But we were surprised to hear that the deal called for him to become the head coach of the Cavs as well as the team president—and we were surprised that it was rumored to be worth about $60 million over the course of seven years.

We get the Cavs being interested in Coach Cal. He has reenergized the Kentucky basketball program and proven that he is a winner. And we’re betting that he would do the same if he were to join the Cavaliers. But offering him a head coaching job and the team president title just seems crazy. His past experiences in the NBA don’t warrant such a huge contract. So what the Cavs were doing by offering him a job was basically banking on the fact that he would get the Cavs fans excited this summer and give them a slightly better chance to sign LeBron James this offseason. Nothing more, nothing less.

That, to us, doesn’t warrant a $60 million contract. And we hope that NBA teams start to recognize that. Right now, a lot of coaches are getting paid top dollar and they don’t really even deserve it. Fortunately, Calipari turned the Cavaliers down. But there are going to be other head coaches who get outrageous offers from NBA teams, and there’s a chance that those coaches will take the money and run, regardless of how well they can do the job they’re asked to do. And that’s not a winning strategy for the NBA. So we hope that teams stop using it and stick to hiring guys who deserve to be NBA coaches.

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