Sometimes I think we get lost in all of the things John Calipari is doing and, though we can appreciate them and high-five each other, maybe overlook exactly how incredible the things are that he’s done in two short years as head coach at UK. There isn’t a dull day for the program and each announcement that seems to roll out is often wrapped in intrigue and excitement as something that is the first of its kind. That hasn’t been lost on CBS Sports’s Matt Moore, an NBA blogger, who wrote a column today called “Calipari and the new NBA nexus”.
In it, Moore highlights all of the reasons UK has returned to being the hottest school in the country and the forward-thinking moves Calipari has made as coach. Moore summarizes it like this:
The reality is that with New York a tar pit where both the players and owners are stuck drowning in their own stubbornness, and Miami evacuated as the Triad go about their globe trotting ways, there’s a new center of the NBA universe. Maybe Calipari isn’t emperor of this kingdom, and he’s just the friendly father figure he makes himself out to be. It doesn’t change the fact that the future of the NBA flows through Lexington, and it’s Calipari tending the waters.
You know, I’m not sure anyone would have ever written that about Billy Gillispie. It feels good, doesn’t it?