John Calipari is partnering with TimeSet, a social discovery and global exploration app, and he’s breaking it in by sharing his updated bucket list of career goals. We’ve heard many of these before, but let’s run through them:
1. Win multiple national championships at UK
As we’re all painfully aware, Kentucky’s won just one national championship during the Calipari era, with several close misses.
2. Raise $50 million for charity through the Calipari Foundation
A noble goal, indeed.
3. Have six consecutive 30-win seasons
Kentucky’s had four 30-win seasons since Cal’s been here: 2009-10, 2011-12, 2014-15, and 2016-17. To achieve Cal’s goal, they’ll have to have five consecutive 30-win seasons starting next year.
- 2009-10: 35-3
- 2010-11: 29-9
- 2011-12: 38-2
- 2012-13: 21-12
- 2013-14: 29-11
- 2014-15: 38-1
- 2015-16: 27-9
- 2016-17: 32-6
4. Have six players taken in the first round of the NBA Draft
The closest Cal’s gotten is five players in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft: John Wall (1), DeMarcus Cousins (5), Patrick Patterson (14), Eric Bledsoe (18), and Daniel Orton (29).
5. Go 40-0 for a season
Even after heartbreak, Cal’s still going after the brass ring.
6. Back-to-back years with No. 1 draft picks
So far in the Calipari era, Kentucky’s had three number one draft picks: John Wall (2010), Anthony Davis (2012), and Karl Towns (2015).
7. Have the No. 1, 2, and 3 picks in the same NBA Draft
Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist went 1-2 in 2012.
8. Coach half the guys in the same NBA All-Star Game
Kentucky accounted for three of the 24 All-Stars in the 2017 All-Star Game: Anthony Davis, John Wall, and DeMarcus Cousins. That number will certainly rise in upcoming years to include young stars like Karl Towns and Devin Booker. With a constant pipeline of talent coming through Kentucky to the league, Can Calipari get to 12 before he retires?
That’s a crazy goal, but as with everything, we’ve learned not to bet against him.