John Calipari to the Knicks? The rumor mill is getting warmed up again

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It seems like every year, there is some rumor that pops up regarding John Calipari and a return to the NBA.

On Thursday morning, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com set off the latest flurry of scuttlebutt with this column, where he lays out a pretty decent argument for how Coach Cal could end up in Manhattan by next season.

How does he get there?

Well, in short, the Knicks continue to be horrible this season, which gets Mike Woodson fired. The Knicks, without a pick in the loaded 2014 Draft, don’t the past success or the promising future that they can sell to an acceptable candidate, so they dip into the organization’s alliance with CAA and World Wide Wes by hiring Coach Cal away from Kentucky. For what Berger said could be an $8 million a year contract.

Now look at this from Coach Cal’s perspective. He’s got what could end up being his best team to date in Lexington this season. Let’s pretend that the Wildcats live up to their potential, win a national title and send seven guys to the first round of the NBA Draft. Without much talent returning, and after whiffing on a number of the elite recruits in the 2014 class, would Cal be willing to leave town for, theoretically, a six-year, $48 million contract?

That’s certainly not the craziest theory that’s been floated.

And if it happens, well, seeing the way Kentucky fans react to his departure — and their search for a new head coach — will be interesting. Check out the comments on the column linked above.

Giddy up!

Ex-Duke guard, Marshall assistant Chris Duhon suspended after arrest

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Marshall assistant coach Chris Duhon has been suspended by the university after he was arrested on a charge of aggravateddrunken driving early Monday morning.

Duhon, who is currently in his second season at Marshall, was booked into the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, West Virginia, at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, according to the Herald-Dispatch.

The athletic department released a statement saying that Duhon had been suspended later on Monday.

Duhon was a member of Duke’s 2001 National Title team. He played for the Blue Devils from 2000-2004 and spent nine years in the NBA with the Bulls, Knicks, Magic and Lakers.

North Carolina’s Marcus Paige to play on Tuesday

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No. 9 North Carolina will be at full strength when they host No. 2 Maryland on Tuesday.

“He’ll play,” head coach Roy Williams said on ESPNU’s college basketball podcast. “Unless something weird happens today in practice. He practiced Friday and Saturday.”

Paige was an NBCSports.com Preseason All-American, but he broke a broke a bone in his right — non-shooting — hand prior to the start of the season. Prior to the 2014-15 season, Paige was picked as the NBCSports.com Preseason Player of the Year, but he had a disappointing year as he spent the majority of last season battling a variety of injuries, from plantar fasciitis to sprained ankles.

He missed the first six games of this season with the hand injury, including UNC’s loss at Northern Iowa last week.