Kentucky may not be in the Final Four, but John Calipari is still in Minneapolis this weekend to make the media rounds. He started things off with an early morning appearance on The Dan Patrick Show. If you’ve listened to the two chat before, you know they love to jab at one another, and Patrick got in a barb right off the bat.
“He’s the Kentucky head coach John Calipari. Blown out by Duke in the first game of the season — I guess I should be saying good things about him since he’s in the studio with us. Six Final Fours, won the title in 2012. Please say hello to the Kentucky head coach.”
“So, you start off with that I got buried by Duke, is that right?” Cal quipped.
That’s not the only time Duke came up. Patrick asked Cal how much he believes Nike will offer Zion Williamson for a shoe deal.
“Do you remember when Nike did what they did with Tiger and everybody was up in arms and they couldn’t believe it?” Cal said. “They got a deal. They got a deal. I would say — and I’ll be honest with you, and we recruited Zion, I probably missed him a little bit. I knew he was going to be good; I didn’t know he was going to be this good. I knew he was going to dominate, but not like he’s done. When we played against him, I walked off the court and said, I missed on another one. I knew he’d be good. You know what I’m saying, I watched him and said he’s going to be alright, he’s going to be good. The kid’s off the chain.”
How did Cal find out Zion wasn’t coming to Kentucky? He claims he doesn’t remember (I don’t believe him).
“I can’t remember. Probably told us. We get told no many more times than we get told yes. Everybody talks about, they get everybody. That’s so untrue. Probably someone called us and we wished him luck. I can’t remember. I hear no so much.”
He also said he’s never cried over losing a recruit like Tom Izzo did when he missed on Chris Webber.
“He cried? What a baby. There’s a momma’s boy. He’s gonna cry? What are you talking about?”