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Reid Travis Clears the Air on any Controversy with Calipari

Reid Travis is happy to have spent a season playing for John Calipari at the University of Kentucky. He’s not very happy with how things looked one his way out the door.

In the lead up to the NBA Draft in May, Jerry Tipton spoke with Travis’ father, Nate, about his son’s time at Kentucky. Nate Travis was concerned about his son’s draft status after spending a season with Calipari.

“We felt if he played at Kentucky, he’d have some certainty coming off the season,” he told Tipton. “As a father, I’m a little concerned with that. I thought he’d have a little more of an understanding of when he’d fall in the draft.”

Critics immediately used those comments to throw fuel on their anti-Calipari fire. Even though Reid and his father publicly refuted any negative opinions of Calipari, that statement stuck. In a conversation with Kyle Tucker at the Las Vegas Summer League, Travis’ said his only regret from his time at UK is how it ended.

“I was a little disappointed by the way it got portrayed, because I talked to my dad and knew what he was trying to get across and I don’t think it came out the way he wanted it to,” Travis said. “He echoes the same sentiments I do about Cal and KP: I wouldn’t be the player I am without them.

“I talked to Cal the next day and he was like, ‘I know where your heart is.’ And I think it’s narrow-minded to look at it as just an NBA decision and judge based on whether I got drafted. Everyone has different paths to the league, and in no way can I blame Kentucky, but as far as life experience, it was something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. That year at Kentucky is near and dear to my heart, one of the most rewarding years I’ve ever had playing basketball. I will never regret that.”

In five games at the Summer League, Travis averaged 4.2 points (50% FG) and 4 rebounds per game for the Atlanta Hawks. Travis wasn’t the only former Wildcat Tucker talked to in Vegas. Read his lengthy piece in The Athletic for more from Jarred Vanderbilt, Aaron Harrison, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and Wenyen Gabriel.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

11 Comments for Reid Travis Clears the Air on any Controversy with Calipari

  1. BobbyBlue
    3:16 pm July 13, 2019 Permalink

    Jerry Tipturd ranks along side of Thamel and Forde as enemy number one of UK and Coach Calipari. Constantly stirring, and trying to create controversy. I have no idea his agenda other than his dream of a Pulitzer like the Herald writers got when Fast Eddie Sutton sent the Emory package.
    Not a doubt in my mind that Tipton deliberately tricked Travis daddy and put things out of perspective to feed his agenda. I wouldn’t buy the Lex Herald if it cost even a nickel.

  2. Ridge Runner
    3:19 pm July 13, 2019 Permalink

    No worries Reid. Some people thrive on twisting and spinning things to get their own message across. Most media do this consistently in fact.

  3. scwhite9
    4:36 pm July 13, 2019 Permalink

    Jerry Tipton? I forgot his name years ago – right after he tried to act as if Patrick Patterson got a vehicle in an unethical manner. He is a joke. Don’t worry about him Reid. Anyone who knows anything knows he is not a real “reporter.”

  4. bigcat68
    6:31 pm July 13, 2019 Permalink

    Ever watch CNN? It’s a lot like a Tipton story. Always smoke, rarely a fire.

    • 4everUKblue
      8:10 pm July 13, 2019 Permalink

      Whatever helps ratings pretty much, facts are rare on CNN.

  5. Looother
    7:11 pm July 13, 2019 Permalink

    RT is a soldier…

  6. J. Did
    7:19 pm July 13, 2019 Permalink

    Reid Travis is a success story waiting to happen.

    • CrystalBall
      10:52 pm July 13, 2019 Permalink

      bigcat68. Amen to that.

  7. Catlogic15
    8:41 pm July 13, 2019 Permalink

    What was Cal supposed to do? Add eight inches to his vertical and stretch his arms?

  8. mashman 93
    10:27 pm July 13, 2019 Permalink

    Reid is special and hopefully he gets a chance somewhere whether it be in the States or over seas.

  9. Fitz
    7:19 am July 14, 2019 Permalink

    Reid was never NBA draft caliber and Calipari should not be blamed for his not being drafted. Travis May have come to UK hoping to develop into a type player the pros wanted, but you can only do so much with what you have. He was a damn good college player, but that doesn’t always translate into being an
    NBA player.