John Calipari often has to deal with parents who enable their children; this afternoon, he joked that he also lives with one since his son Brad joined the squad.
“You should be in practice; he doesn’t get enabled,” Calipari said of Brad. “He still mumbles under his breath. I said, ‘Say one more word and you’ll be out of here. Your mom ain’t here to protect you, son. You’re in here with me now.’”
Of course, there are perks. Calipari retold the story of how Ellen kissed him after Brad’s big three (later ruled a two) vs. Missouri, quipping that it was, of course, followed by a complaint about playing time.
“Now, I get that she kissed me after he made his three. And the first thing she kissed me before her lips moved from mine she said, ’Why only one minute?’ That’s what I deal with. I always said I wouldn’t recruit a player whose mother wears their son’s jersey. It’s my wife.”
Don’t let the jokes fool you; Calipari knows how lucky he is to be married to a badass like Ellen.
“I’ll tell you what, she’s a great mother. These kids when they call me, my daughters (will say), ‘Where’s mom?’ ‘Hello? It’s your dad. How are you?’ ‘Where’s mom?’ He (Brad Calipari) comes over to the house. ‘Was Brad here? Where’d he go?’ ‘Well, he dropped his stuff off. He and I talked for a bit. He just left. ‘Maybe he should come say hello.’ ‘Well he sees you all the time.’”
The Caliparis seems to have their situation under control, but Cal said teaching his players to tune out distractions — including parents that enable them — has been an issue this season.
“Are you making time to change what you don’t like or are you making excuses or are you being enabled? It’s always going to be someone else. I told the story – you got a 100-man marching band. They’re in unison, it’s unbelievable. Ninety-nine turn right, your child turns left, and you ask the question, ‘What is wrong with those 99?’ Are you being enabled?”
After Ellen reads Cal’s comments, I wouldn’t be surprised if Brad gets a few extra minutes of playing time tomorrow night.