It may seem like John Calipari is taunting Rick Pitino with his new book title, but it is merely a coincidence, according to Calipari.
Whether you believe that or not is up to you; however, there is no denying the two book titles, written two decades apart, have very similar titles and themes.
Cal’s new book, “Success Is the Only Option,” will hit shelves November 15. Pitino’s book, “Success Is A Choice,” was released in 1997.
Cal recently told ESPN, “We’re ready to release it and [the publisher] calls me and says, ‘You know they’re gonna talk about Rick’s book. I said, ‘What book?’ He wrote a book in . I go, ‘What was the name of the book?’ ‘Success Is A Choice.’ I said, ‘What? That has nothing to do with it. It doesn’t even sound the same.’ I said, ‘Just go. We’re not changing everything because he wrote a book in ’97. I don’t care.'”
(Pause for laughter.)
“What book?” is such a Calipari response. “It doesn’t even sound the same… Just go… I don’t care.”
Love it. So Cal.
Then at ACC Media Day, Pitino was asked about Cal’s new book, to which he said he has no plans to buy the book, but, “If he wants to send me a free copy, I’ll read it.”