Calipari says he intends on staying at Kentucky

Two days after the Brooklyn Nets fired their coach and reassigned the general manager, Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari tried to end speculation about a return to the NBA.

"You may have heard me say this before: I absolutely have the best coaching job in sports, and I plan on being at Kentucky for a long time," he wrote on Twitter Monday.

When asked on the Southeastern Conference coaches' teleconference what made Kentucky the best coaching job in sports, Calipari mentioned "the championship culture."

He also pointed out that the coach at Kentucky doesn't have to worry about increasing attendance or fundraising. "Great job," he said. "One I appreciate having. And happy to be here."

After the Nets fired Lionel Hollins as coach on Saturday, Calipari's name was mentioned as a possible successor. Calipari coached the Nets from 1996-97 until 20 games into the 1998-99 season. He had a 72-112 record.

Speculation had the Nets possibly interested in having Calipari coach the team and direct the franchise. Yahoo Sports reported that in the past, Calipari has talked to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings about their coaching jobs.

Calipari tried to squash such speculation. "I am not negotiating with ANYBODY," he tweeted. "My total focus is on this team and winning the next game."

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