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I don't know Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, but I have to think he is being insulted when it's floated that he wants
to hire "a big name" and that explains why he might pursue Kentucky's John Calipari. I give you that Calipari is a big name in basketball, but I have to think Prokhorov is slightly more discerning than that when it comes to winning a title, which is his stated goal. There's no question Cal has an eye for talent and a gift for acquiring it; but when I look at how that talent has by and large performed at the NBA level, I have to wonder why anyone would still think he's capable of being an championship-caliber NBA coach. I do know Prokhorov was genuinely interested in Phil Jackson; the idea that he might consider Calipari as a worthwhile fallback option seems absurd. I appreciate how Calipari has evolved as a coach, overall; he's grown measurably since his days at Memphis. But there's no basis to believe that he could take what the Nets have and make it appreciably better than it is right now.