John Calipari's Friends Reportedly Ping the Bulls
Mind you, the LeBron-Calipari thread is still pretty thin. James is famously a fan of Calipari recruit John Wall, who has no shot of going to the Bulls in next month's NBA draft. (Chicago is not in the lottery.) Calipari did attend Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Cleveland, the game in which LeBron tore up a picture of a Pope and cried during Saw III. (Or something like that.) But the thread is really Wesley, who has been a friend and adviser to LeBron, and who is an ally and potential future agent of Calipari. But LeBron has never said publicly he wants to play for Cal, or wishes he went to school with Cal.
The other lifeline here would be Derrick Rose, with the Daily Herald reporting James made a phone call to the Bulls point guard after the Cavs got knocked out of contention by the Celtics. The only known detail is that it was a brief discussion. But the supplementary evidence is beginning to pile up -- Rose played under Calipari at Memphis, and is really close to Worldwide Wes. All we need is for Gloria James to buy an Unos franchise, and we might have enough to break into Dr. Oz with a special report.
It is interesting that this is the first apparent contact between Calipari and the Bulls. FanHouse's Sam Amick reported almost two weeks ago that Chicago hadn't been contacted by Camp Cal, despite the rumors. All it took was LeBron's disentanglement from Cleveland. It remains to be seen whether Wesley will pitch LeBron/Calipari to other teams, including the incumbent Cavaliers or the Rod Thorn-led (and thus potentially skeptical) Nets. The Knicks would assume to be a non-starter, given that the team's coach, Mike D'Antoni, is the best basketball-related recruiting tool it's got.
As for Calipari's Tourettes-like refrain he's happy at Kentucky and isn't leaving: It's amazing that after all these years anyone believes a word Cal says. You can't train a shark not to bite, especially when you reward it every time it bites.