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Derrick Rose talks early relationship with Calipari; Impact the coach had on him

It is no secret that players don’t always see rainbows when playing under Kentucky head coach John Calipari. In fact, if you were listening to KSR earlier this week, you heard PJ Washington talk about how much the head coach yells, but at the same loves his players.

That relationship has not always been positive for every player that has come through the program. Arguably one of Cal’s most talented players before Kentucky, Derrick Rose, spoke at length about how much his relationship with Cal wasn’t always the best.

In fact in a recent interview with Stadium, Rose said told a friend during his time at Memphis, “He’s the devil! I hate him!” It wasn’t until the year went on that he realized that the way Calipari was treating him and motivating him was making him a better player.

While Rose is not a former Cat, this is definitely a video that could be shown to parents of future recruits. It fits Calipari’s “this program isn’t for everyone” metality, but at the same time shows how much he can impact a player’s career.

If the former MVP wouldn’t have gone to Memphis and had that relationship with the now Kentucky head coach, would he have still been a top pick? Maybe, but it is no secret the impact that he did have on him and so many other players.

Article written by Sam Gormley

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