Former Kentucky assistant and 17-year NBA point Rod Strickland did an interview recently in which he talked about his time under John Calipari in Memphis and in Lexington. The interview, conducted by TheUndefeated.com, dwells on one-and-done players and what all he learned under Calipari.
There’s a lot of good stuff in the interview, but I particularly like this part about John Wall’s frustration in his one season as a Wildcat:
When John Wall was at Kentucky, he would get so frustrated. And I would tell him, ‘This is the hardest year of your basketball life. Because when you go to the pros, you won’t have Cal screaming in your ear all day.’ [TheUndefeated.com]
There is also this comment about how Cal taught him accountability and vision:
What I learned from Cal? Accountability and vision. He just dares to be different. In sports there are a lot of copycats, and sometimes in sports people are comfortable following the status quo. When you don’t follow the status quo, people say, ‘How dare you be different?’ That’s what I love about Cal. He goes against the norm, and that’s what my vision will be when I get the opportunity to be a head coach. [TheUndefeated.com]
Read plenty more in the interview here for a closer look at the one-and-done system and the aspirations of Strickland, who is currently an assistant at South Florida.
“Guaranteed, made em jump like Rod Strickland.” – Wu-Tang Clan