“It is a process. For 24 hours, I mourn,” John Calipari told reporters today, when asked how he handled the upsetting home loss to UCLA last weekend.
“I’ll sit in my chair and tell everyone to leave me alone,” he said. “I’ll watch a little TV, watch one of my Alaska shows, watch one of the war stories and get inspired. I let the dogs come around me, no one else. The dogs can sit with me.”
“I’ll grieve for 24 hours. Like, I’ll be sitting for 24 hours.”
Cal also said if losing doesn’t hurt, you’re going to lose a bunch. But at the same time, enjoy every single win, no matter the opponent or if ended on a bank-shot to win.
“If you can’t enjoy winning and losing is really miserable, you need to be out of this. So winning for me, I get great joy in winning for the team and for everybody. If losing becomes just the next thing, you need to get out, too — you’ve lost it. For me, I may look ‘Oh he’s really calm.’ Yeah, I’m going right to my chair when I’m done. Leave me alone. I don’t want to eat, I don’t need anything.”