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Calipari on whether or not Brad will return to Kentucky

© Brian Losness | USATSI

© Brian Losness | USATSI

Last week, Brad Calipari turned the college basketball world on its head when he put his name in the transfer portal. This morning, his dad told reporters that Brad’s career at Kentucky may not necessarily be over, but he’ll support whatever decision he makes.

“He’s still walking through it,” Coach Cal said. “Do you blame him? All the work — he was in here three times yesterday working out. Do you blame him for wanting to play more and knowing who’s here? Has he gotten better? Absolutely he’s gotten better. But he’s, you know. So now he can look around.

“I even told him, look at Division II. What’s wrong with that? Where you’re well-coached, where you get a chance, a good league. Division II basketball, they’re just a little smaller but you’ve got talented guys. He may end up coming back. He’s in the lodge and all the stuff and in classes. He may come back.”

Because Brad graduated in three years, he’ll have two years of immediate eligibility remaining, which Cal made sure to brag about.

“I’m proud he graduated in three years. It took me six. I mean, he graduates in three years and is playing every day against guys like this and survives and thrives and gets better. What he’s taking from this, his commitment to how he trains, how he eats, what he does is going to help him with anything especially after basketball when it’s done. Take that and do what your sister did, which was the same thing and shift it over to here and you’re going to be unique and special at whatever you want to do.”

Calipari said that the only thing that’s bothered him about the process is how the media found out Brad’s name was in the transfer portal so quickly.

“I didn’t know all the stuff went crazy. He puts his name in the portal. How does the media get it in a minute? That’s supposed to be for colleges not for the media. I’m researching that. How does the media know all this? It was out within 30 seconds that he put his name in. The night before he said, ‘Dad, if I want to do this, how do I do this?’ I said, ‘You’ve got to put your name in the portal to get started.’ It was a two-minute conversation. The next morning, he put his name in without telling me, his mom, his sisters. He didn’t think anything but the media got it within 30 seconds and all of a sudden, it’s trending nationally and ‘Cal and his son are having a fistfight and he’s leaving.’ What?”

The other big question: how is Mrs. Cal coping with her son potentially leaving Lexington?

“Mom said if he leaves she’s going with him so I don’t know if that’s a good thing. I hope she was kidding. Maybe she wasn’t. But the ideal thing would be for him to have more of an opportunity here. I just — I’d love to do it but that’s my own son. Has to be earned and you have to deserve it.”

Forever earned, not given.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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14 Comments for Calipari on whether or not Brad will return to Kentucky



  1. DelrayCat
    11:54 am June 4, 2019 Permalink

    Transy or G-town make sense, but it would be problematic being so close to home and firmly in UK territory. Would be a lot of pressure on Brad and the team. He’s obviously a bright guy, so go to the Northeast away from home and get an MBA or something similar from a great school.



  2. njcat54
    12:03 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

    Seriously??? Why would anyone care if he stays or goes… or where he ends up?

    Or maybe you could start covering the comings and goings of the team managers. They have about the same impact on the team



    • Look Out Fireworks
      12:19 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

      Haha. You make me chuckle.



    • StillBP
      12:28 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

      They cover a variety of things on this site and it’s really easy Ryu skip them if you don’t care about what they’re talking about. But it’s just as easy to be a dick and make a comment like yours too.



    • StillBP
      12:30 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

      *to skip, not Ryu skip lol. Hazards of swipe texting on my phone since I’m unable to comment on my computer.



    • Kernel Sanders
      12:32 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

      Have you not considered the trickle down effect of a Brad transfer? Brad goes to a school in the northeast. Ellen dons a Brad jersey and travels to every game he plays. Meanwhile Cal has no one to fix him salads, cookies and roll out the trash cans on Monday….takes Cal away from valuable time on the recruiting trail. Say it ain’t so Brad….have a heart to heart with Saul Smith.



    • njcat54
      1:16 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

      Kernel… perfect!



    • Carcrook
      12:34 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

      Grow up, man!



    • justaregulardude
      12:44 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

      Why would anyone comment on a post he has no interest in. Only logical explanation is b/c he’s a dick.



    • njcat54
      1:18 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

      Because these writers can do a lot better and should be called out when they post idiotic articles. Just trying to improve the experience for all you lovely chaps.



    • StillBP
      2:13 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

      Thanks for your concern but I, for one, prefer these articles over your comments. Doubt I’m the only one.



  3. Brutal Hustler
    12:57 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

    Brad Calipari transferring after his daddy recruited over him. We’ve long known John Calipari is a bad coach, but is he a bad father too? MY COLUMN:

    /s



  4. Luether
    8:23 pm June 4, 2019 Permalink

    My sources say Div 3 would be a better fit for Cal Jr…