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Calipari Does Some Recruiting in ESPN NBA Draft Interview


Tonight John Calipari’s three players in the green room were selected in the NBA Draft Lottery, giving Cal 17 lottery picks during his eight years at Kentucky.  Cal didn’t need to throw that number around, an ESPN graphic did it for him.


Shortly after Bam Adebayo was selected by the Miami Heat, Calipari took center stage on the ESPN set, forcing the draft to a screeching halt and preventing Milwaukee Bucks’ fans from learning their pick.  He used the platform to bark back at the one and done critics and do a little recruiting.

“They’re talking about one and done.  It’s not broken.  It isn’t broken,” he exclaimed.  “My kids finish the term.  They’re on lifetime scholarships.  Can I recruit a little bit?”

Cal also shared a compliment he received from Pat Riley, why he thought Malik Monk would be drafted by the Knicks and much more.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Calipari Does Some Recruiting in ESPN NBA Draft Interview

  1. Bobbum Man
    9:50 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    Always love watching him do these kinds of things, gotta love Cal

  2. 4everblue
    9:59 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    And that’s just one of the many things I love about Cal! Keeps BBN in the spotlight and I love the bright lights.

  3. wesmorgan1
    10:41 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    THIS is why Roy Williams was trying to throw shade at Cal for attending the draft – Williams knows he’s never going to get that kind of “sit down with the anchors and chat” exposure on NBA Draft night.

  4. wesmorgan1
    10:53 pm June 22, 2017 Permalink

    Something else occurred to me – Cal slipping “lifetime scholarships” into the conversation was a smart touch.

    You know who REALLY hears that? PARENTS. While most recruits are usually thinking about “elite program” and “get ready for the NBA”, parents are thinking “Yeah, but what happens if he gets hurt? What’s the fallback position? What if he craters in the NBA? Where’s the safety net?” Two of my kids were recruited by NCAA D2/D3 and NAIA schools – no pro game in their future – and I was still thinking “OK, Coach, but what happens if there’s a career-ending injury?”

    I think it a safe bet that parents’ ears perked up all over the country when Cal said that…

  5. damage_control
    7:26 am June 23, 2017 Permalink

    Meanwhile Bruce Pearl is on NBA TV saying that Malik Monk isn’t a great player. Somebody doesn’t get it.