John Calipari Rumors
“Oh yeah,” Calipari said when asked if a team of ex-Kentucky players would win the NBA championship. “But it could never happen, and it would have to be hypothetical, because they’d all have to be, what, eight or nine of them, max players, and you can’t pay them that. Let’s say this: If they were all max players and they were all making their money, oh, you could win a title. There’d be nothing except, ‘Let me fit into this.’ But you couldn’t do it. You could have maybe two or three max players and the rest would have to take less.”
They never played on the same Kentucky team — Cousins left in 2010, Davis played one season in 2011-12 and Towns one season in 2014-15 — but they consider themselves united in a way, cut from the same swath of Kentucky-blue cloth. “It’s a brotherhood,” Towns said. “No matter if you were the star player to the last player on the bench, there’s a journey you have to go through and it’s the same journey. No one will understand unless you’re a player there.”
All three have been tempered by the crucible that is Kentucky basketball, forged by a fanatical spectator base and coach John Calipari’s demanding expectations. “Cal preaches family, so you just stick with that for the rest of your career no matter where you are,” said Davis, a No. 1 overall pick himself. “When you see guys who played at Kentucky, you already have that connection with them even when you don’t know them.”
Drake is producing and hosting the first-ever NBA Awards later this year, he revealed Thursday. The rapper-actor shared the news during an interview on University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari’s Cal Cast podcast. Nodding to his 2014 stint hosting the ESPY Awards, Drake said he anticipated having a similar freedom in helming the forthcoming trophy show. “I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say this,” Drake said before giving Coach Cal the scoop. “We’ll find out.”
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said on Kentucky coach John Calipari’s new podcast, Cal Cast, that Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins “gets a bad rap sometimes.” Krzyzewski, who joined Calipari for a 30-plus-minute conversation taped Thursday but released to ESPN in advance of Tuesday’s posting on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and Google Play, said the much-maligned Cousins was one of many former Calipari players whom he enjoyed coaching with Team USA.
The three-time gold-medal-winning coach praised Cousins for sticking with Team USA after initially being on the USA Select Team in 2012 following his one season at Kentucky in 2009-10. Cousins was added to the national team in 2014 and won gold medals at that year’s world championship in Madrid and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this past summer. “For him to come back and still want it, it said a lot about how much he wanted to do it,” Krzyzewski told Calipari. “He came through for us big time. He’s tough as hell. He is so damn talented. I don’t think he has a position. You can’t call him a 5 or a 4. Just call him a great player.”