Kentucky coach John Calipari has become a regular tweeter in recent months, and he was forced to go back to the social networking site last week to assure Wildcats fans that he was not about the leave the school.

Multiple press sources had linked Calipari, who went close to winning a national championship in his first season at UK, making a swift move to the professional ranks to join his former point guard Derrick Rose and coach the Chicago Bulls.

While Calipari has a great resume as a college coach, there is nothing to say his skills would translate well to the NBA , the plot had changed recently because of his relationship with LeBron James, other sources linking Calipari as a potential coach for whatever team James is playing for at the start of next season.

The two are very close, with Calipari acting as a mentor for the NBA’s brightest talent, but whether the James-Calipari double act will be a package deal in free agency is another matter entirely.

Calipari’s deal with Kentucky is huge in college terms – eight years, $31.65m – and his success in the first of those years in developing talent like John Wall and Eric Bledsoe is likely to make it very difficult for anyone, even LeBron, to tempt him away.

Calipari’s future was often in question when he was in charge at Memphis, yet he stayed there for nearly a decade and continually improved their team, and now it seems he is keen to win at least one championship in the Bluegrass state before he makes his next move, be it to another college (is there one bigger?) or to the NBA.

He says this is the last time he will address the subject, but that might be a little harder to believe, because the clamour is only going to get louder once LeBron’s home for 2010-11 is decided. It is doubtful that ‘King James’ will want to play for a small-time coach and, although Calipari has no professional resume, there are times when 1+1 really does add up to 2.

In other NBA Betting news from Lexington, Kentucky’s rotation for next season has been boosted with the news that Darnell Dodson will be returning for his junior season after rumours that he was about to leave after doubts were made public about his focus and consistency.

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