John Calipari was at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night to check out a handful of his former players and he received a warm welcome from the Knicks organization.
The head coach of Kentucky Men’s Basketball is in the northeast for this weekend’s Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony. As a pit stop, Calipari and his son Brad went to see the New York “Kentucky” Knicks take on the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden. Calipari was once the college head coach of six different players spread across the two NBA teams with Keldon Johnson playing for the Spurs while NBA All-Star Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel, rookie Immanuel Quickley, Derrick Rose, and Kevin Knox suited up for the Knicks.
The Knicks video team put up a highlight reel with Calipari and his former players on the jumbotron that also featured one-time Kentucky assistant, Kenny Payne, who is now on the New York coaching staff.
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A couple of the Calipari products put on a show, too, as Randle led the way with 25 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists while Noel added six points, five rebounds, and two blocks. Johnson dropped 13 points in 30 minutes for San Antonio, but it came in a losing effort as New York won 102-98.
As for the other three, Quickley failed to score in his 11 minutes of action, Rose was absent due to an ankle injury, and Knox did not see the floor. Even still, not a bad way to spend a night in the Big Apple for Coach Cal.