Episode two of John Calipari’s new podcast dropped this morning, featuring an interview with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. ESPN published quotes from the meatiest parts of the podcast yesterday, but it was still a fun listen this morning. Here are my favorite parts…
1. Calipari says the North Carolina game is the craziest game he’s ever coached
Before getting into his talk with Coach K, Cal spent a few minutes talking about Kentucky’s win over North Carolina and it’s clear he’s feeling really, really good about it.
“We beat North Carolina in Vegas in front of 20,000 and it was the craziest game I’ve ever coached,” Cal said. “My little young guys made some big plays and all of a sudden, we’re beating North Carolina.”
While Cal said he’s never had a guy score 47 points, he pointed out that Malik Monk missed two free throws, so he really should have ended up with “50” (his math, not mine).
2. Calipari reached out to Coach K when deciding if he wanted to coach the DR National team
I’ll be honest, a lot of the podcast is over-the-top praising between the two, which can get a little old, but I thought it was interesting that Calipari said he reached out to Coach K when deciding if he wanted to coach the Dominican Republic National Team in 2012. Obviously, Coach K just retired as the head coach of Team USA, a role you can tell Calipari covets, and Cal spends a lot of time talking about how much he respects Coach K for his work with USA Basketball.
3. Another funny story about Ellen lobbying for more playing time for Brad
Cal and Coach K talked about what it’s like for Cal to coach his son this year, which means we got to hear the slightly uncomfortable George Clooney reference again, as well as another example of Ellen lobbying for more playing time for Brad.
“She says to me, ‘You talk about efficiency, he got two points in two minutes, you’ve gotta play him more!’ I said, ‘Honey, don’t.'”
Coach K actually made a funny when he quipped that Cal should sub Brad for Monk, which, you know, honey, don’t.
4. We got to hear Ellen do a Blue Apron ad
To me, most of the fun of this podcast is hearing Calipari read ads, and for his Blue Apron ad, he brought in Ellen to describe the latest Blue Apron meal she made, pork chops with brussels sprouts, orange chutney, and a salad. Yum.
5. Brace yourselves, BBN: Cal loves Christian Laettner
Calipari risked drawing the ire of the BBN when he told Coach K he likes one of Kentucky’s biggest enemies.
“I’m hoping Kentucky fans aren’t listening to this because I really like Christian Laettner. He is my guy. From Buffalo, I coached him at Five Star.”
That’s all I want to hear about that, thank you.
6. Lots of love for Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins
As part of his role with Team USA, Coach K coached Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, and had a lot of praise for each.
“Obviously Anthony has become as good as anybody, and we missed him this summer,” Coach K said. “A guy that gets a bad rap sometimes and has won two gold medals…DeMarcus Cousins was dominant, and I know he loved being on the team.”
As you might imagine, Calipari leapt on that opportunity to praise Cousins, and the two went back and forth about how misunderstood Boogie is, with Coach K calling him “so damn talented.”
7. Cal claims he’ll play Brad if Kentucky and Duke meet in the tournament
This season could end with Kentucky playing Duke in the Final Four or national championship, and if that happens, I’m hoping Calipari forgets this promise to play Brad.
“We had a chance to play in 2010, we screwed that up,” Cal said. “2015, we screwed that up. If we do get a chance, I will play my son. I’m not sure I’ll start him –”
“Well, I think you should start him,” Coach K interrupted.
Again, honey, no.
8. Coach K admitted to using bitmojis
And if they weren’t already, bitmojis are now dead.
Do yourself a favor and check out the entire podcast on iTunes, Podbay, Stitcher, etc.