Calipari has no doubt received a lot of criticism through the years. People criticizing his “one and done” technique but glorifying it whenever other coaches do it. But after a hoard of former players, talent all at various levels, joined him on stage at the Hall of Fame induction there is no denying the impact that Cal has had on the game of basketball. Gary Washburn with the Boston Globe sums it up.
“Especially in recent years, Calipari has had as much to do with shaping NBA players as any college coach. He has turned Kentucky into a one-and-done factory, understanding that the more talent he recruits, the fewer years they will spend in college. And he’s OK with that tradeoff.
Players such as Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Terrence Jones, James Young, and Devin Booker – players who spent not years but months at Kentucky with Calipari – were there to pay tribute. Whether his methods are liked or not, the bond he creates with his players is undeniable.”
While we miss the players that Calipari has brought into the Kentucky program and turned into NBA superstars in just 1 or 2 years, Washburn has a point, he has a great relationship with each of his “sons”.