Calipari on NBA rumors: ‘That’s not happening’

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John Calipari shot down any rumors that he could be coaching former Kentucky standouts Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins in New Orleans next season less than 24 hours after Cousins was traded to the Pelicans.

“First of all, that’s not happening,” said of the coaching rumors during the SEC teleconference Monday.

Calipari liked the idea of Davis and Cousins being on the same team, but said the Pelicans need to do more upgrades to the roster in order to become a legitimate contender in the NBA.

“The’ve got to get some guards,” Calipari said, “The bottom line is of these two, Anthony and DeMarcus, want to win. They want to win. DeMarcus, you can say what you want, but when he was here, he shared. He wanted to win.”

The Kentucky coach said it will take time for the two players to get used to each other on and off the court.

“You must give them time to figure each other out,” he said. “It’s not happening in a week. It will take them time.”

While shooting down the rumors, Calipari praised the job Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry is doing in New Orleans.

“Alvin Gentry, who I think is one of the bright offensive coaches out there, is probably working day and night trying to figure out, OK, how do we start playing, and where do we go from there, what are we trying to look like?” he said.

Davis scored a NBA All-Star record 52 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the West to a 192-182 win over the East squad Sunday night. Davis had 18 dunks, missed just 13 field goals on 39 attempts.

“It was a lot of fun,” Davis said. “My teammates did a great job of looking for me. They just told me, set a pick and go to the basket, we’re going to throw it for you. So it was a lot of fun playing with these guys.”

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