If you’re still sad, don’t worry, Cal is too. On his final call-in show of the season tonight, Calipari said he feels like crap following Kentucky’s heartbreaking loss to North Carolina.
“I’m feeling like crap right now. I didn’t sleep good last night, I got up and went to mass and got coffee. I went home and took a nap, but I haven’t felt good.”
Same. In fact, Calipari insisted on fans taking some time to be sad, because that’s part of the process.
“I’m going to grieve for a few days. It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to be disappointed. I imagine there’s a cloud over our fans. Let’s take some time to grieve and then you have to look at where this team came from.”
As for the next big question, who is staying and who is going, we didn’t learn much. Calipari said that today, he focused on making plans for his three seniors and hasn’t talked at length yet with the four players who have draft decisions to make (De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo, and Isaiah Briscoe). He said he met individually with Isaac Humphries, and plans to do the same with Wenyen Gabriel, Tai Wynyard, and Sacha Killeya-Jones. He talked a lot about how difficult the process of helping kids decide whether to stay or go is, specifically the pressure kids feel from outside influences or family situations, using DeAndre Liggins as an example of a player that left early because he had a family to feed.
“How about this one: the family needs money,” Cal said. “What am I going to say, no? It’s not easy.”
One quote of interest: when talking about how difficult it is to make it at Kentucky, he hinted that some players worry more about the recruits coming in than whether or not it’s really time for them to make the jump to the NBA.
“How about ‘I’m going to leave because of who you have coming in.’ You’re worried more about an 18-year-old than the men in the NBA?”
But mostly, like us, he just sounded sad.
“I’m sick for these kids,” Cal said. “This group will never be together again and they know it. They rode this train together, ups and downs.”