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WATCH: New York Knicks welcome John Calipari to Madison Square Garden

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.

Check it out.

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.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

7 Comments for WATCH: New York Knicks welcome John Calipari to Madison Square Garden



  1. UKBigBlueForever
    10:30 pm May 13, 2021 Permalink

    Quickly didn’t score!? That’s crazy.



  2. DelrayCat
    10:42 pm May 13, 2021 Permalink

    Kevin Knox better be saving his money…he’s not going to be in the league much longer.



  3. Old_Pogue_Bourbon
    7:35 am May 14, 2021 Permalink

    Thanks for pointing that out DelrayCat…what good could possibly come from your noting that? The negativity and bitterness of some never ceases to amaze me.



  4. big_blue_truth
    10:08 am May 14, 2021 Permalink

    Well, I would just guess some fans harbor resentments towards players that blatantly cared not one bit about our program and just used it as though it were some regular office item, like a stapler. And then on top of that, there’s the fact our program revolves around these very types of players nowadays. Kevin Knox being one of them. What never ceases to amaze me is the amount of fans who get so upset caring so hard about players who never once cared about them or their team. Passive, selfish mercenaries who think nothing of you. And you act like they are sacred, like our heroes from the past eras. Nope.



    • 4everUKBlue
      11:49 am May 14, 2021 Permalink

      “Anger, resentment and jealousy doesn’t change the heart of others– it only changes yours.” I’m sure if were you or your son in the same position, chasing your childhood dream, you would care so very deeply for the program and it’s fanbase, not the least bit self centered.



    • KYCat4EVER
      10:51 pm May 14, 2021 Permalink

      SPOT ON big blu truth!

      However, it’s not the players fault for wanting a stage to showcase their talents for the NBA: it’s Calipari for using and selling-out UK and BBN… AND … The Univesity of Kentucky for allowing it to happen and employing him!

      But… weep no more my lady…

      Our program will never win another NCAA Championship in college basketball as long as this farce and sellout continues!

      GONE BIG BLUE



  5. Old_Pogue_Bourbon
    4:09 pm May 15, 2021 Permalink

    Calling an individual selfish for wanting to financially capitalize on their God given talent is disingenuous…NOT ONE PERSON reading this would do anything differently if given the opportunity. Anyone who says they wouldn’t is a liar…or insane!!!