After sending the tweet heard round the Big Blue Nation hours before tip last night, Rex Chapman went on the Dan Patrick Show this morning to give an update on his comments that Calipari to the Lakers was a “done deal.” Rex maintains that he heard that from two “very good” sources:
“Two things from two very good sources – one was that, win or lose, he’s going to the Lakers,” Chapman said. “And then at halftime, was told that we’re talking to the Lakers and of course he has to listen. You know, hey, I don’t make this stuff up. You know me better than that.”
He added that he had no idea that his tweet would cause the controversy it did:
“You know, I treat Twitter like I’m talking to my friends. I’m not a journalist. Never intend to be. I interact with people. Not gonna refrain from giving information that I hear because it might upset some people.”
Rex now says he believes Cal will come back to Kentucky (“I think he will, but again, who knows. That’s what I hope, that’s what I think. But I don’t know.”), and didn’t rule out the possibility of Cal using the rumor to “sweeten his deal with UK”:
“We’ll see what happens. Whether it’s for him to get his name–sweeten his deal at UK, I don’t know. But there’s obviously something to it. Come on.”
Listen to all of his comments in the video above.