John Calipari: For the 100th time, I have the best basketball coaching position in the world. I am not looking for any other coaching position. Since he bought the team, @Vivek and I have talked on and off about @boogiecousins. .@Vivek has asked me what I thought about @boogiecousins and I told him he would be an all-star, and I was right. In the last two weeks, we’ve also talked a bunch about the draft and on draft day, obviously because of @ThewillieCS15.
Amir got the call after his mom and while excited, spent the next two months in a state of worry. He graduated with a 4.4 GPA and had always put academics first, but he still wondered if he was good enough academically for Rice. On Wednesday, Amir got his official acceptance letter from the admissions office. On Saturday, Bowie and Amir will make the drive once again up 59 towards the Medical Center. This time, though, Bowie won’t be going to a hospital. She won’t be dealing with grief or illness. She will be taking Amir to his dorm room at Rice, where he starts summer classes on June 22.
Smith has the genes for basketball. His dad is Joe Smith, who was the No. 1 NBA draft pick in 1995. Father and son are building their relationship now, but Amir grew up watching basketball clips of his dad on Google and YouTube. While Joe did financially support him, Amir has memories of being with his father in person just a handful of times. Bowie and Joe were in a relationship during his rookie season with Golden State. After their relationship ended shortly after Amir was born, Bowie stayed close with Joe’s family, particularly his mother, who passed away from cancer in 2007. But Joe and Amir were never together. “It was hard to know I had a dad who accomplished all these great things in the sport I love,” Amir said. “But to not be able to just go outside and actually be able to play with him and learn from him. That was tough.”