In his return to Memphis, John Calipari’s role as the “one-and-done, ruiner of college basketball” is once again being brought up by his critics. The stigma will never leave him. He’s fine with it and I believe he likes it, using the chip on his shoulder as motivation.
Meanwhile, Coach K is recruiting similar five-star talent (now that his season is finished), but according to many he’s doing it “the right way.” It’s a double-standard that’s so obvious it can be seen from Great Britain. The Guardian, a daily British newspaper, calls Coach K out on his crap.
“I want you armed for life,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said 12 years ago, barely able to keep a straight face on camera. “I want you to develop as a player. I want you to develop as a student, and I want you to develop as a human being.” He then added, to cash in for himself and instantly reveal how fake the previous sentiments were about a system that earns billions while paying athletes nothing: “That’s why my card is American Express.”
The article’s author, D.J. Gallo, sees through the BS that many Americans either don’t see, or refuse to admit. While the NCAA and CBS/Turner rake in billions, the players get nothing…except in Calipari’s system. Embracing the rules, he puts players on the quickest path to achieve their dream, winning a ton of basketball games in the process.
They’re just taking on an even playing field the smartest way possible. They know that none of us actually care more about a player’s grade point average than his scoring average.
That’s why continuing to root against Kentucky feels so outdated and pointless. It’s rooting against innovation. It’s rooting against best practices and actual, not faux, integrity. It’s buying into the idea that the NCAA tournament, which generates more than a billion in ad revenue, is somehow about amateurism and academics.
The article will put a smile on your face (especially if you read it with a British accent).