Ever since Kentucky’s draw came out, John Calipari’s made a lot of jokes about Boise, including that his players didn’t even know where it was on a map. Kevin Knox set the record straight this afternoon, telling reporters that yes, the players knew where Boise is because they are all “smart young men.”
“He asked us specifically if we knew where it was at. He kind of said the answer before he asked. We all got the answer and we kind of looked at him crazy. But I’m pretty sure most of us knew where it was, we’re all pretty good, smart young men.”
Later, Calipari clarified that he was just messing with his guys, as he likes to do from time to time.
“I’ll do stuff like that. I’ll ask them about players, Do you know who Wilt Chamberlain was? So I’ll ask them questions. And how many of you know where Boise? What state is Boise in? And a couple of them raised their hands. And I said, Do you want me to ask you? But I think they all knew.”
That wasn’t the only time Boise came up today. Seemingly miffed by Calipari’s jokes about their town, reporters wouldn’t let go, including one guy who asked if the players are worried local fans will cheer against Kentucky because of them?
“No, we didn’t think like that,” Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said. “We just thought he was just trying to be funny again, like he usually always is. Nothing too serious.”
So, what have the players done in the 20 or so hours they’ve been in town?
“No, we haven’t gone out,” PJ Washington said. “But our hotel is nice. The Courtyard Marriott is kind of good.”
“We haven’t really done much,” Knox said. “We went out to eat, that’s about it. And went back to the room.”
Always one to give 110%, Shai complimented the restaurant where they ate last night.
“The restaurant we ate at was pretty good. That’s about it. We didn’t do too much. I don’t know the name of it.”
“It was seafood,” Knox added.
Owyhee Tavern, in fact. The Boise reporters do know Kentucky’s in town on a business trip, right?