It’s not a global pandemic without a crowded Zoom call, right? The online video-conferencing website has become one of the best ways for friends and family to stay connected during the Coronavirus outbreak while ensuring everyone is maintaining the proper social distance, of course. Now, the Kentucky basketball family has decided to make it their own.
Kentucky Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy helped orchestrate the chat, calling on six “ambassadors” to help get more Wildcats involved: Cameron Mills, Dan Issel, Kyle Macy, Sam Malone, Ravi Moss and Jack Givens each helped get the ball rolling by inviting their former teammates. It quickly caught fire.
The 22-minute conference call includes over two dozen teammates from UK teams spanning the past several decades. Wildcats on the call includ Louie Dampier, Chuck Hayes, Reggie Warford, Tony Delk, Scott Padgett, Antoine Walker, Marcus Lee and Terrence Jones, just to name a few.
Coaches John Calipari, Tubby Smith and Joe B. Hall joined in on the fun, too. The group also tried to get a few of their famous friends involved, so UK fans Laura Bell Bundy and Josh Hopkins both joined the group.
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Within the call, there are plenty of funny moments, including more than a couple friendly jabs. There are the typical father-son jokes about Tubby and Saul, debates over who deserved more playing time, and even a hilarious story about the time John Calipari and Tubby Smith went golfing together. Coach Smith thinks Lukasz ‘Woo’ Obrzut is “as ugly as ever!,” while Coach Calipari says Derek Willis needs to put a shirt on, Jarrod Polson still looks like a 12-year-old, and Terrence Jones needs to get his hair fixed. There’s nothing like a coach’s love for his player.
Nerlens Noel also shows off his adorable son while talking about buying his mom a new house, and Shagari Alleyne reassures the crowd he’s staying safe in the Bronx. Calipari also wants to know “is anybody watching that Tiger show?”