If you’ve been paying attention to John Calipari during his media opportunities and national interviews this summer, you’d know the Kentucky head coach is downright giddy about his 2020-21 roster.
Back in July, Calipari hopped on Kentucky Sports Radio and said this could be one of his best teams to come through Lexington.
“We have to play this season,” Calipari told KSR, “because I do have a good team. Whew, we gotta play. … We’re really good. We got some really good players. So I’m sitting here saying, [having a special group] has happened three or four times, but let me tell you what those teams have done. The teams you’re talking about became unbelievable teams. Teams.”
In an interview with Andy Katz of NCAA.com just a week later, Calipari said he’s desperately hoping the upcoming season is played because the roster is loaded with talent.
“We’ve got to play because I have a really good team,” said Calipari. “Again, we’ve got to [help] make them a good team. We’ve got a great group of players who are great kids, they’re wired and driven. They’re here to sacrifice and share. None of them came here saying they’re going to be ‘the man,’ like, “You’re going to give me all the shots.” There wasn’t, “We’re playing through you” or “We’re gonna run [everything] for you.” That’s not what it is.”
“This group, aside from being givers, sharers, servant leaders at a young age, they’re really talented,” the Kentucky head coach added. “Like really talented. … I’m excited about it, nine new guys. Keion [Brooks Jr.] is the only returner that played, Dontaie [Allen] didn’t, he was a redshirt. So really, we only have Keion, one guy returning. I’m saying it because I’m excited about what this group can become.”
After working with his team for nearly a month – Calipari was allowed to conduct in-person workouts beginning July 20 – the Kentucky head coach is ready to roll the balls out and begin the season.
In an interview on ESPN Radio’s new morning show, Keyshawn, J-Will & Zubin, this morning, Calipari said the only thing that could stop his team this season is the coronavirus.
Aside from that, “Come on, bring it.”
“I’ve got nine new players on this team, and can I tell you? I’m gonna have a good team, so we have to play,” said Calipari. “The only thing I know we’re not beating is that virus. I’m looking at anyone else, I’m saying “Come on, bring it. Let’s go.”‘
Swaggy Cal is back.