“What the Jazz were telling me is they traded with the Lakers to get me because they knew the Spurs were going to get me,” Tony Bradley said of San Antonio, which held the next pick. “That shows the Jazz really wanted me.”
“We had a pretty good idea that Utah was going to make something happen,” Tony Bradley’s agent, John Spencer, said. “We heard from other sources that San Antonio was going to be in the mix. I really though Oklahoma City was going to be the wildcard.”
Calipari, speaking on the SEC coaches’ summer teleconference, said he’s in favor of the “baseball rule,” referring to Major League Baseball’s rules that allow a player from high school to go to the pros or go to college and then not be eligible to be drafted until after his junior season. “I’m good with the baseball rule. As long as they’re going directly to the NBA, they’re paying them what they deserve to be paid and then it’s on them to look after these kids and give them a gap year if they think they can do that in the NBA,” he said.
If a coach is opposed to the “one-and-done rule,” Calipari’s message is: “Don’t recruit them. Just don’t recruit them. ‘I want four year guys.’ Then recruit four year guys. I don’t understand what the issue is.” “If you’re old school and you’ve been following college basketball and you liked it as kids staying in school four years, and all that, then you’d probably say this has ruined what my game used to look like. Well the world has changed. It’s changed in the NBA, it’s changed in Europe, the game has changed the world has changed,” he said.”