On Saturday, John Calipari spoke at the 46th annual Baron Club Award Dinner at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. His main theme? The importance of dreaming beyond your surroundings, something he learned from his mother. Cal said he’s using that philosophy with his players, whom he’s encouraging to “think like kings” and go after his goal of an undefeated season:
“They (kings) think differently than we think. There’s nothing wrong with trying to get teams and groups of people to think like kings and ask what can we do, how far can we go? My goal before I retire is to coach a 40-0 team because they say it can’t be done. As the season goes on, it gets harder and harder. But I say let’s do it, let’s do something crazy.”
Cal said that line of thinking brought him to Kentucky: “Being the coach at Kentucky is an upset for me, I’m blessed to have this opportunity.”
The only way to get to 40-0? Working together. Cal recited the old African proverb “if you want to go fast, you go alone. If you want to go far, you go with many”:
“As a coach, I try to get my players to understand we have to do it together. It’s not just about working hard, it’s about working together. You have to care more about the other guy than you do about yourself.”
Let’s do it.
[Herald Star: Calipari speaks at Franciscan] (H/t Larry Vaught)