Calipari shoots down Lakers rumor

John Calipari talks to Cats during Monday's game.

Kentucky coach John Calipari was in no mood to receive the questions directed toward him after Monday night's NCAA championship loss to UConn. That is, the ones that had nothing to do with the Huskies and Wildcats.

Kentucky coach John Calipari was in no mood to receive the questions directed toward him after Monday night's NCAA championship loss to UConn.

That is, the ones that had nothing to do with the Huskies and Wildcats.

Calipari found himself thrust into the rumor mill after former Wildcat and NBA star Rex Chapman reported via the Twitter social network that the UK boss was going to leave the program for the Los Angeles Lakers job at the conclusion of the season.

"Was messin' 'round on Sat nite re: Cal. But word is - win or lose 2nite - it's a #DoneDeal ...Cal 2 La-La-Land 2 coach Mamba's Lakers. #NoBS," Chapman said via his @RexChapman account just prior to Monday night's tip-off.

"La-La-Land" being Los Angeles and "Mamba" the Lakers' star guard Kobe Bryant.

Chapman was peppered with a mix of both angry and confused replies from Kentucky fans, given the timing of his post, but stood by his sources in the NBA.

Asked about the report in the postgame press conference, Calipari initially declined to comment, stating "The Lakers have a basketball coach, Kentucky has a basketball coach. I have the best job in the country. I'm not going to dignify that..."

Calipari later told ESPN's Jeannine Edwards that he was "definitely" returning to UK next season.

A Los Angeles Times update later included a comment from the Lakers' front office:

"I spoke to (General Manager) Mitch Kupchak, and he said the rumor is untrue," Lakers spokesman John Black told the Los AngelesTimes. "Mike D'Antoni is our coach. There have been no conversations about any specific names for any replacement."

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