Coach Cal already ruffled some feathers earlier today with a statement on the Harrisons in a story by USA Today’s Josh Peter. Well, that wasn’t the only story Peter has on Cal. In fact, it was the first of four.
Peter went with Calipari to Loyola Marymount University to speak at the Coaching for Success Academy, a clinic put on by his friend and fellow Hall of Famer, George Raveling. Cal was very candid, cracking jokes and even cursing a little (GASP!).
In the first article, Calipari doesn’t shut the door on returning to the NBA, but he doesn’t sound too eager to leave Kentucky.
“Right now I can feel and see that I’m making a difference,’’ said Calipari, who was 72-112 with the New Jersey Nets before getting fired 20 games into the 1998-99 season. “Could I do that in an NBA job? Because I don’t need to go to the NBA and make all the money or win the championship for the owner of the team. That’s not what creates joy for me.’’
He also discussed how his coaching career would end, not hesitating to speculate he could stay on the court for 15 more years, into his 70s.
“Did you see Pat Riley at the Hall of Fame? He was one of my presenters. I said, ‘You look great.’ He said, ‘This basketball keeps you young.’ That’s what he hit me back with.
“I’ll know and everybody else will know when it’s time for me to stop doing this. … When I’m done, it’ll be because there’s nothing left in the tank.’’
In the second article, Coach Cal admitted to being technologically illiterate, despite being Twitter’s most popular coach.
“I don’t do email. You want to talk to me, call me. If you need it to be private, we’ll go in the bathroom and turn on the water. You Italians know what I’m talking about.’’
In the final article, Calipari told Peter about the extra steps taken to ensure his players’ security, just in time for BBM Campout insanity. Cal employs three security guards when they travel, but does not always give his players a curfew.
“I tell these kids, ‘If you want to drink, smoke, chase (women) or club, you can’t come to Kentucky,’ ” he said. “You can’t. It’ll be a ticker (headline). They’ll do a 30-for-30 movie on it.”
It’s a lot to take in, but every USA Today article is worth a read.