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Notes and Quotes from Calipari’s Appearance on The Herd


During some down time in L.A., Coach Cal stopped by the Fox Sports 1 studios to have a chat with Colin Cowherd.  The interview was extremely entertaining, but the highlight was watching Calipari defend his former players.

Nobody has hated on John Wall since he came to the NBA more than Colin Cowherd.  Rant after rant after rant, Cowherd has blasted Wall for being immature.  Today, Colin and Cal had a “Coming to Jesus” moment. 

Cal: “Our kids, what I’m proud of (is) what they’ve been able to do, and you and I have gotten on the John Wall thing.  Ever since I hammered you, you’ve been a little bit better.  You know I listen and (have people) tell me if he’s hammering John Wall?  John Wall, aside from being a heck of a player, the expectations were way too high as I said going in.”

Cowherd: “He was a number one pick and he was a baby.”

Cal: “Yeah, but he has turned (into) not only a great player, he just gave $400,000 to a homeless shelter.  He gave a million dollars when he signed his contract.  You remember him and the girl when he cried?”

Cowherd: “Yeah.”

Cal: “I mean, our kids…DeMarcus Cousins.  He’s a little crazy, but he’s got a wonderful heart for other people.”

Cowherd: “Your guys have been good ambassadors for basketball.”  

Colin’s concession appeased Calipari, but only temporarily.  He poked at him again later in the interview, but Colin insisted, “I’m over the Wall thing.  Really, I am.”

A few more takeaways from the interview.

—  One person Colin could not concede on was Derrick Rose.  Cal tried to explain that Rose is just a guy with a really low pain tolerance, but Colin wasn’t buying it.

—  Coach Cal pumped up as many former players as possible, including Karl Towns.  “He’s setting historic records creating double-doubles.”  Cal talked about a time he left Towns’ high school gym shaking his head, but applauded Karl’s work ethic for getting him where he is today.

—  Calipari talked about his decision to draft Kerry Kittles in the 1996 NBA Draft.  His second option behind Kittles was Kobe Bryant.  Cal shared a story about seeing Kobe a few years ago who joked, “You know if you drafted me you’d still be in the NBA?” 

—  Calipari’s biggest miss was one that would bite him in the butt.  One guy he looked at closely in high school, but didn’t think would make the cut is Kemba Walker.  “I watched him play in high school and I said, ‘He’s not big enough for me, and I’m not sure how good he is.’  And then he beats us early in the year, and then he beats us in the Final Four game 57-56, but he made like 30 himself.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Notes and Quotes from Calipari’s Appearance on The Herd

  1. Lip Man 1
    2:18 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    I never listen to arrogant, egomaniacs. Screw Cowherd.

  2. KTower
    2:37 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    Phyllis from Mulga, Alabama calls him “Cowturd” on Finebaum’s show…..I can relate to Phyllis.

    • Long Dong Silver
      11:39 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

      That’s awfully crude name calling. I thought you were above that, with your vast education and wealth. I would think that’s beneath royalty, such as yourself. That’s more for the unwashed masses. For shame!

  3. That set looks like someone looking up from the floor while being grilled by a congressman or a senator, or like a subject looking up at a king on his throne. Coincidence, or just Cowherd’s massive ego?

  4. Jaxson
    2:56 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    Cowherd can be very entertaining, but the whole deal with making fun John Wall because his dad died of liver cancer when he was eight is pretty unforgivable.

  5. Rajonrondo9
    3:03 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    Can’t stand that prick.

  6. Sentient Third Eye
    3:11 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    Cowherd may be over “the Wall thing”, but clearly Coach Cal isn’t.

  7. bluecat15
    3:20 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    Did Tyler practice today is what I’m interested in knowing

    • RealCatsFan
      4:12 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

      I second that! How about an update, KSR?

  8. Catsby80
    4:03 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    Cowherd is a pompous prick, but I enjoy listening to some of his segments from time-to-time. I generally don’t agree with him, but it’s nice to hear the other side of the argument so I can stay well informed. The nonsense with Wall was stupid, though. He took that way too far. Glad Cal went on the show and tried to set the record straight.

  9. secrick
    4:30 pm December 2, 2015 Permalink

    He called the Louisville sports program the laughing stock in all sports and thats the only thing i have ever agreed with him on.