Now I have been known to engage in hyperbole in my day. I once called Chevy Chase “a talk show host that will define a generation”, Laser discs “a technology that will never be matched” and Rick Pitino “a moral role model for an entire generation’s youth.” But sometimes quotes even make me back up and say “hey we all need some perspective.” Take this one from John Calipari in his new blog on Coachcal.com (which has some GREAT stuff about his trip to Haiti yesterday):
“For me — and I know they’re may people mad when I say it — but because this is a player’s program, this may be the biggest day in the history of Kentucky basketball,”
Now dont get me wrong, I think this is a great day. In fact, as it pertains to UK players reaching the NBA, this is clearly the greatest day of NBA Draftdom ever. But lets face it, UK basketball has had some pretty amazing moments. For most UK fans, its about the name on the front of the jersey and not the one on the back, so the seven national championships, infinite number of SEC titles and general butt kickings given to Louisville/Tennessee/Indiana/UNC, etc, are probably more memorable. But I do love Calipari’s excitement and bond with his players. As my man Bomani has so often said, “All of these coaches rub me the wrong way…but I will always like Calipari the best because he does right by the kids. That is what matters.” Bomani is exactly right. There is no coach who takes care of his kids and THEIR (as opposed to his) interests more. That will, and should, be celebrated tonight…for the first of many Drafts to come.
LIVE BLOG at 7:30. Be there.