Will there be college basketball this year? John Calipari sure hopes so because he really likes his team.
This morning, Calipari took a break from sunning himself on the Jersey shore to Zoom with reporters, and when asked, said that although he wants there to be college basketball this year “in the worst way,” the sport must follow guidance from public health officials in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
“My opinion on this would be a guess,” Calipari said. “My hope is that we tamp down this virus and we’re able to come back and play but if you’re asking me — and let me say this, my hope is pretty strong for basketball because I have a really good team so I want us to play basketball in the worst way and be in that NCAA Tournament and make a run but we’ve got to go with the science. We’ve got to trust the people within that field, within our league, within our schools, and we’ve got to roll with what they’re telling us to do.”
Once again, Calipari called on fans to do their part to prevent the spread of the virus by wearing masks.
“The great thing, and I come back to, and I hope you guys all print this, our state has done a great job, and we’ve got to turn it up. It may not matter because there are so many other states losing their minds and things are going haywire, but our state, and it’s four million of us, let’s protect each other. Wear the mask. It’s not a statement. Just wear the mask. It protects you, it protects somebody else. If we do that, just wear the mask. If you’re out, you’re in a building, if you’re outside walking around, I get it, but if you’re in a building and in any kind of position where you’re around people, put the mask on.
“When I walk the boardwalk, I’ll have the mask with me. I have it in my pocket. If I go by a group of people, I’ll put the mask on. If I’m walking and I’m by myself and there’s no one, seagulls, I’m not going to put the mask on. If I’m at the beach and we’re separated and it’s just us, I’ll take the mask off. I would tell everybody, we’ve got to get through this and unless things start to change, what everybody’s hope is is going to be hard to happen.”