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John Calipari aims fire at Duke in swaggy tweet


Over the past few years, the Kentucky/Duke rivalry has amped up thanks to Duke’s 2015 title and Coach K’s success on the recruiting trail. As a result, John Calipari has upped his game and, in the past six months, recaptured the momentum from his friendly foe. Not only did Duke have a roller coaster season after everyone predicted they’d win the title and possibly go 40-0, it was full of drama, and this morning, freshman Frank Jackson announced he’s staying in the draft, the third Duke freshman to do so alongside Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum.

To add insult to injury for the Blue Devils, on Saturday, Kevin Knox shocked everyone by picking Kentucky over Duke, Missouri, Florida State, and North Carolina. All of the momentum was going in Duke’s direction before the announcement, but Knox chose Calipari over Coach K, a turn of events that pushed Cal into super swaggy mode. Not only did Cal ride a hover board around his kitchen, he told reporters he’s “not done yet” with his 2017 class yesterday at the combine, a not so subtle nod in Mohamed Bamba’s direction. Duke is also a contender for Bamba, which makes the tweet Cal sent earlier today so great. While having lunch in Chicago this afternoon (at which appears to be Rosebud on Rush again), he took a minute to compose this tweet that includes a shot at the Blue Devils:

That day was November 17, 2015, and not only did UK beat Duke that night, they got a commitment from Bam Adebayo that morning. Malik Monk announced his commitment to Kentucky the following day, the 18th, but I’m guessing Cal knew about it beforehand, making the 17th a red-letter day in his book.

Between Bamba, Diallo, and Cam Johnson’s decisions, there’s plenty of uncertainty right now, but Calipari feeling good makes me feel good.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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14 Comments for John Calipari aims fire at Duke in swaggy tweet

  1. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    3:07 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    Hey, Alex Poythress almost lost a tooth that day 😉

  2. Get Sh*t Right
    3:19 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    Its pretty crazy how much our standarda have changed during the Cal era. We’ve got 5-6 Five star players coming in and two other top 75 recruits, and 2 McDonald’s AA returning, but we still feel “uncertain” about our roster? Nick Richards would be the centerpiece of nearly every other recruiting class in the country. I trust in Cal, but this over recruiting is becoming a little extreme and it looks disrespectful to our commits.

    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      3:28 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

      Disrespectful? I see your logic, but these are super highly competitive young men, not children! They are coming here for a reason and that is to make it to the next level. If theyre afraid of not playing, this is the wrong place for them. If they are hurt because someone out plays them, then theyre not ready for the spotlight of Kentucky! Its brutal, but that’s me being brutally honest… This isnt little league anymore

  3. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    3:25 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    On a serious note what Cal said at the draft combine yesterday had me really thinking, when he was talking about a team promising Diallo a spot and then not picking him and then not allowing that team at future practices. A lot of fans have commented about why would Diallo stay in the draft and why gamble? To me, when the NBA made the one and done rule, I believe this came with a promise from GMs and the league, to make the game better for the future. Not allowing just anybody to jump to the league, because their handlers or they themselves, think they’re ready, especially when they’re not. When I say making the game better for the future, I mean leaving these young men with a good idea of where they stand. This is a win win for the league and the game in general, it helps keep the kids with another option in getting a degree, and allowing them to mature another year and grow and see where their talents are, then make a decision. With that said, the NBA and its owners and leaders to me, have really taken this serious and want to protect the games integrity, by making sure these kids KNOW when they are ready. To us fans, we have no idea what all goes on with this process, so to speculate that we do, we are just guessing and hoping. To me, Cal has really held these teams and GMs accountable, so that the kids arent getting misinformed. That would be terrible for the young men, mostly those who need someone to mentor them through this process. Another way Cal stays ahead of the game and takes care of these kids and their FAMILIES!!!

  4. Angelo
    4:00 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    Mo! Mo! Mo!

  5. KevinM
    4:22 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    Well, whoever stay in the draft and comes out early, and then does not get the selection they were told, then they’re nieve about the process.

    Hami has a great chance to be a #1, but is that the barometer he wants to go with? If he gets selected higher, maybe in the lottery, his chance to stick on the NBA roster all year goes up. Doesn’t mean that James Young would never see the D-League; just the investment is there from that club.

    I would think coming out should be based on the competition for that year. If it is rich in PGs, then you better be near the top. With Hami, he doesn’t even have to shoot until he gets in front of a single team

    Lots of hype, but the product is very raw. Hami has a tough decision.

    • Luether
      7:06 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

      Shouldn’t be tough at all. Stay-in and play in the D League for a couple of years or go to UK and have a good chance at being a lottery pick…

  6. SHCooper
    4:24 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    Since we’re UK we should have miscounted to make it funnier.

  7. a21CATSfan
    4:31 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    I was hoping Knox’ commitment would have the same effect on Bamba as Bam had on Monk. It was like Malik had no option but to join a group of his friends and contemporaries. And this group seems even closer already than last years squad. Come on down! CATS

  8. chris43
    5:04 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    How sweet it’d be for Diallo to return along with Bamba and Cam heading to Lexington 😄😃😀

  9. Heardithear1st
    5:25 pm May 12, 2017 Permalink

    Diallo is gone. Teams like the Spurs, Celts, Heat, Griz, that are built to wait and develop players will not pass on his measurements. He could honestly become the next Harden/Westbrook with his frame, speed, and jumping ability, you don’t go to college with that upside and you sure as hell dont go in the 2nd round with that upside.
    And good for him to be able to make money this year to develop his game!
    With that said, how can Calipari dislike grad transfers using mid major schools to make a jump to a large school, when Hami just used UK to make the jump to the NBA. I see a big similarity there and would appreciate if Cal would come out and take back his statements with regards to mid-major grad transfers. This hypocrisy between a grad transfer not taking advantage of the rules and Diallo taking advantage of the rules is something that needs to be reviewed by Cal and taken back.