John Calipari Rumors
According to someone who should know, Kentucky guard Jamal Murray wants to play for the Timberwolves. This comes according to Wildcats coach John Calipari, who did a pre-draft conference call to talk about the four Kentucky players likely to be taken in Thursday’s draft – Murray, Alex Poythress, Skal Labissiere and Tyler Ulis.
That info came up when Calipari was asked how Murray would fit with Karl-Anthony Towns, the Kentucky Wildcat taken by the Wolves with the No. 1 overall pick last year. “Who is Mr. Towns?’ Calipari joked. “That KAT kid? OK, well, here’s what I would say. [Wolves president of basketball operations and coach Tom Thibodeau] and I are great friends. He helped my career, helped me basketball-wise and every other way. I’m a big fan of Thibs. Jamal? I’m saying this to you and no one else. He loves Minnesota. As a matter of fact, that’s where he’d like to go.’’
Kentucky Wildcats men’s basketball coach John Calipari said the Philadelphia 76ers should select Jamal Murray as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on June 23 over LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram. Calipari, appearing on ESPNU’s College Basketball podcast, said Murray is “the safe No. 1.” Calipari added that he’s had No. 1 picks who have been an MVP (Derrick Rose) and a rookie of the year (Karl-Anthony Towns).
When asked why the Sixers should take Murray over Simmons or Ingram, Calipari said: “What does Philadelphia need more than anything else? Someone to make shots and guard play. I am biased. I want my guy. But he can play multiple positions, he can physically step in and play right away. He can play the point. He can score in bunches. You watch Golden State. Who really is their point guard? Whoever has it.” Calipari continued to say that Murray is “the safest pick. Simmons is really a talent. He’s big. He has size, speed and basketball ability, and there is LeBronish in him. Brandon is long and can score the ball. He’s a very good player. But it should be Jamal or one of those two guys.”
Kentucky coach John Calipari believes Marcus Lee will remain in the NBA Draft, but is uncertain about Isaiah Briscoe. “Marcus really wants to do this, and my guess is that he’ll keep his name in the draft because this is what he wants to do,” Calipari told reporters Wednesday. “And I just told him to go up there [to the NBA Draft Combine] and do your thing and show the athletic player that you are. But he’s also worked out. We’ve had those guys work out with teams before the combine so two or three teams could evaluate them, talk to them, and Marcus went to the combine.”