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Tom Crean speaks highly of Calipari, Quickley and the Kentucky program

Tom Crean brought his Georgia team, a ladder and a pair of scissors to Lexington last night, looking for an upset of John Calipari’s fifteenth-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. Crean goes home empty-handed, but not before he raved about Calipari in his postgame press conference.

“It’s so easy to take that success for granted that he has here,” Crean said in his opening remarks after the game. “Those young men get better and better constantly. What he does with their skill level, perseverance, togetherness, toughness, and getting them to buy into one another is really extraordinary. I know you guys see that on a daily basis. I’ve respected him for a long time, and I’m not just saying that because I’m friends with him, but I’m saying this because its mind-boggling how good of a job he does with them.

That team just gets better and better. We tried to beat them, and we couldn’t. We were close at times. They don’t beat themselves very often, but I think that is a tribute to how well he coaches, how well he teaches, what he demands, and then eventually what happens, and I think you will start to see it now. Obviously, he has a huge personality, but the personality of your team comes from him because they start self-directing, and they start being a player of that team. I think that is what I saw tonight from them, and that is what we aspire to be.”

Crean also bragged on Immanuel Quickley, calling him a “tremendous” and “outstanding” player.

Hear it all from the man himself:

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for Tom Crean speaks highly of Calipari, Quickley and the Kentucky program

  1. Biglaw Dawgin'
    10:09 am January 22, 2020 Permalink

    LMAO, @ brought “a ladder and a pair of scissors.” Funny and so true, that dude loves his memorabilia. Cutting the nets after LOSING the Big 10 Championship and handing out Sweet 16 Rings after making it as a 4-seed. Congrats on beating two lower-seeded teams bud.

  2. Aar
    10:12 am January 22, 2020 Permalink

    Quite a bit different than a Mark Fox post-game in Rupp. Say what you will about Crean but I’m throwing no shade.

  3. StillBP
    10:14 am January 22, 2020 Permalink

    Well clearly he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, all the experts around KSR message boards say Cal can’t coach.

  4. CatfaninCinci
    11:35 am January 22, 2020 Permalink

    Crean, don’t you dare try to mouth kiss IQ…

  5. RealCatsFan
    12:36 pm January 22, 2020 Permalink

    He’s easy to make fun of because he is a little bit goofy, but Tom Crean is an upstanding human being. I have read stories about him going out of his way to help others. I think that is why he and Cal are friends. I make fun of him, but I do RESPECT him as a person.

    • 2andToodleLoo
      1:46 pm January 22, 2020 Permalink

      Good info to know. Thanks for sharing. Definitely a goofy coach – but glad to hear he’s a good human.

  6. ColoradoCatFan88
    2:41 pm January 22, 2020 Permalink

    Crean looks so much like a real life Simpson character lol