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Chad Ford Says He Would Send His Kid to Play for Calipari


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Chad Ford is the ESPN.com NBA Draft guru and spends his life getting ready for the day when the Draftees step to the stage and find out their NBA fates. I have always found Chad to be intelligent and have strong insights (except when he said James Young was a good passer), and there is probably no person who knows more about the Draft than he. On Friday, Ford recorded a podcast with Ryan Russillo (who I also like quite a bit) reviewing the Draft and he talked about the UK players and Calipari. While discussing Booker, Ford said, “If I had a kid who was a NBA level player, I would definitely send him to Calipari.” He was agreeing with a point made by Russillo, who had said that Booker would be ready for his NBA role as a shooter since he had a similar role at Kentucky, and noted that no coach better prepared his players to get to the next level and succeed than Calipari.

While some people like to try and ignite BBN in a debate of “Win titles vs the Pros” (I am looking at you Patty Forde), the reality is that both are not mutually exclusive. And no matter where you stand on the issue, comments such as those by Chad Ford don’t hurt as Calipari seeks to get the next generation of future NBA Draft superstars to make their way to Lexington. I would suggest you listen to the comments and the podcast as a whole as it is a good breakdown of the UK guys and the Draft in general.

Chad Ford on Calipari

Article written by Matt Jones

7 responses to “Chad Ford Says He Would Send His Kid to Play for Calipari”

  1. Franklinstein

    Best tostones is at Brasabana

  2. Chad Ford fan

    Chad’s mock drafts have been almost 100% accurate for many years

    1. TrillerKiller

      Pretty easy to be accurate when you go back and change them after the fact.

      http://deadspin.com/espns-chad-ford-has-been-retroactively-editing-draft-bo-1681631642

      Ford also mentioned one of the Kentucky players wasn’t well liked by the others. Said it was pretty easy to guess who. I assume Andrew, maybe?

  3. Jud

    A factor in Cal’s success is the character of these boys. If you compare With Kansas, Self has gotten extreme talent but most of his 5 stars have struggled due to other than talent issues. Also, Cal stresses and develops the boys character. These two factors are huge. Coach K is the only other coach that mirrors Cal in this regard. And that is why it recently has been and will continue to be a 2 horse race between UK and Duke.

  4. Badger

    I’ll go one step further. Not only is it not mutually exclusive to foster the players’ NBA aspirations and to win championships, but in fact, you cannot have one without the other. The reason UK is often in the position to win a national championship, is due to Cals dedication to his players and their futue careers in the NBA. One follows the other.

    1. Dude

      Agree. Great players will go on to play in the NBA. They also get you to the Final Four. It simple logic.

      Those who hate on OAD’s, like Jay Bilas said, are the fans of teams who can’t get them. You think California fans are going to hate having all those guys? Or LSU?

    2. Dude

      You don’t hear Duke fans knocking the OAD rule.