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Calipari’s updated bucket list is insanely ambitious, still includes 40-0


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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

17 Comments for Calipari’s updated bucket list is insanely ambitious, still includes 40-0

  1. Mathlete
    10:16 am May 9, 2017 Permalink

    So… if Cal completes this bucket list he’ll be at UK for a minimum of 5 more years and go on a run of success comparable to Wooden at UCLA. I’m down, let’s go!

  2. CatManDo
    11:09 am May 9, 2017 Permalink

    1. This will happen, hopefully sooner rather than later.
    2. No idea but definitely hope so.
    3. Not likely. But if so that means he will be here longer than most expected. Playing in SEC helps.
    4. Possible, especially if a couple of guys unexpectedly return for sophomore years.
    5. Came so close one time so it is possible but not likely.
    6. Feasible.
    7. Highly unlikely.
    8. Extremely unlikely, too many good players out there, plus foreign players.

  3. AGSlater
    11:18 am May 9, 2017 Permalink

    The multiple championship thing wont happen so scratch that one off. I can see all the Cal lovers and KSR minions getting on board with being excellent next year. Not going to happen with all freshman. No way they can win it all. Jones will hype em up bigtime for ratings. He cant be negative because ratings may take a hit.

    • catsarerunnin
      12:12 pm May 9, 2017 Permalink

      Yes Slater. Another NIT team right? You so nailed it last season.

    • ofberry27
      12:33 pm May 9, 2017 Permalink

      What is there to be negative about? We have five 5star freshmen coming, with a potential of seven. Any other school would be going crazy for this class.

  4. ABthetruth502
    11:22 am May 9, 2017 Permalink

    This list just shows what an ego maniac Cal is.Every other coach in D1 wants titles, and titles Only. That’s the measuring stick to how great your career really is. “Having the 1,2,& 3rd pick in the draft” 😂. If he was actually doing something to get these guys to the league, besides using Uk like an AA squad every year. Maybe his list should include Leon Smith not unravelling his questionable recruiting tactics, and the fact that Uk has possibly been giving the O & D’s impermissible benefits while at ky… Just a thought lol

    • Booby Petrino
      11:35 am May 9, 2017 Permalink

      Aw, this is cute. Pat Forde, is that you? Trying to take a break from talking about all the scandals in the 502 are code?

    • Booby Petrino
      11:36 am May 9, 2017 Permalink


    • ukbradstith
      11:54 am May 9, 2017 Permalink

      Why would Leon Smith have anything to do with Cal? They have never even worked together.

    • catsarerunnin
      12:17 pm May 9, 2017 Permalink

      Pity us for having an ego maniac as our coach. The audacity of wanting to go undeafeated. And of course Cal will use any means necessary. I just can’t stand the winning any more. Bring back Billy G!!!!

    • kvltclassic
      12:47 pm May 9, 2017 Permalink

      I hope that your “bucket list” only has things that are specific to the success of your employer and nobody else.

    • Booby Petrino
      1:06 pm May 9, 2017 Permalink

      kvlt I’m sure AB strives to make the best french fries McDonald’s customers have ever tasted.

    • ABthetruth502
      2:14 pm May 9, 2017 Permalink

      What’s Leon Smith have to do w Cal? Lol, well besides him being the asst athletic director, and director of Bball operations at Uk in the past, he also was obviously heavily involved with Cals players while they were attending Uk.The fact that his Company was based in Lexington while committing fraud should tell you something. It’s ok, I’m sure this thing will bust Wide Open and will be just Another scandal at one of the most penalized Universities in ncaa history, with one of the most penalized coaches at the helm.

    • J-Dub421
      2:38 pm May 9, 2017 Permalink

      Smith was director of basketball operations under Tubby, not Calipari. That’s two coaches prior to Cal. Cal has zero control over who the athletic departments hires. Now run along little cardinal and hire some more hookers.

    • catsarerunnin
      3:00 pm May 9, 2017 Permalink

      A Card fan with the word “truth” in their ID. How droll.

    • Booby Petrino
      3:26 pm May 9, 2017 Permalink

      ha ha ha AB only reads Forde’s articles, which contain false information. I guess he missed the part where that was shown to be a lie. Louisville fans truly are the most entertaining because they provide so much material to laugh at.

  5. NoKatStanding
    8:56 pm May 9, 2017 Permalink

    It’s great to have five star recruits. But with all the money Cal makes he should get to the final four most every year. I’d rather have solid four stars who stay 2 or 3 years and have a better chance of winning it all. Build a long term plan instead of one and done. Roy Williams comes to mind. Instead Cal likes to show off with five stars who fold when it counts. All flash. Sheesh.