If you missed last night’s broadcast of Kentucky/Vanderbilt on ESPN, you also missed Karl Towns calling in during the first half to talk about the Cats. Towns spoke with Brent Musburger and Sean Farnham for a few minutes about his time at Kentucky, and how he thinks this year’s team is doing. As always, the young NBA star was pretty much an informercial for the program, telling the two that his time at Kentucky “meant everything” to him.
“Those are relationships I’m going to have for the rest of my life, with Devin, Trey, Willie, Dakari, the Harrison Twins, everyone; we just continuously love each other, even now as we move to the next steps of our career,” Towns said. “It’s a family. Even with teammates who haven’t played with us, years before, John Wall, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, everyone, it gets the same love.”
Calipari has told reporters several times that Karl and his former UK teammates didn’t take too kindly to Cal’s comparisons between the 2014-15 team and this group, but Karl went ahead and make the comparison himself last night.
“They have so much talent. They have so much talent and it reminds me a lot of us when I was there. I think they have the chance to do something really, really great. Right now, they just have to stay disciplined, stay with Coach Cal, keep believing in each other, and keep loving each other and everything will keep working.”
If any recruits were watching, they got to hear this first-class sales pitch from Towns, a robot John Calipari created to make Kentucky basketball invincible. Towns attributed his incredible success so far in the league (Rookie of the Year, potential All-Star) to Calipari and the program.
“Again, that’s a testament again to the University of Kentucky and Coach Calipari. For them to get me, first of all, my body ready and get me mentally ready for being a professional, and secondly, getting my skills ready to come into the league and be successful, again, that’s just a testament to the coaching staff and a testament to the men they make at the University of Kentucky. Not players, but men.”
Just Karl being Karl, and by that, I mean too good to be true.