John Calipari is doing what John Calipari does best and spending his day making the rounds in New York City to talk up his guys ahead of tonight’s NBA Draft. How swaggy is he? Here’s a running thread of his appearances.
“Get Up,” ESPN
Calipari gave his usual NBA Draft stump speech (“Kevin Knox is the youngest player in the draft,” “Anthony Davis took the fourth most shots,” “My guys are making $1.5 billion in NBA contracts”), but was also asked about the NBA team pressed Kevin Knox on whether or not he had a kid at the Combine.
“I knew nothing about it, but when someone started telling me the story, that they asked him if he had a child, I said, ‘Does he have a child? I know this kid and his family, I can’t believe it.’ They said, ‘No, it was a hoax.’ So, it’s interesting that someone would go that route, but they’re trying to unearth everything. They’re trying to look, mentally, what are we getting here? Is he a truthful kid or is he just going to say whatever we want to hear? I get it, but it’s an unique way to do it.”
The best part of the entire appearance was at the end when Calipari crossed paths with Villanova head coach Jay Wright, resulting in this great picture:
That looks like a lot of fake laughter about Kentucky landing Reid Travis if you ask me.
Calipari Swag Meter: “TAKE THAT, JAY!”
The Dan Patrick Show
Dan Patrick loves to get Calipari off script, and started the interview by asking him, “Would you rather be a five-footer or a seven-footer with no athleticism?”, which resulted in an answer that made absolutely no sense.
Cue plenty of goofiness between the two:
Calipari Swag Meter: Confused, but amused
Calipari was able to stick to his talking points much more easily on “SportsCenter A.M.,” going on about how Kevin Knox is the next Jayson Tatum and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander went from the ninth-rated player on the team to a potential lottery pick.
As I mentioned earlier, he also touched on Reid Travis and next year’s roster, which, per his words, “should be okay.” LOL.
Calipari Swag Meter: TO THE CEILING
It’s a busy day so of course Calipari made time to take in a Yankees game:
Jason Garrett, John Calipari, Tommy Lasorda, Brian Cashman, and Yanks Pres Randy Levine all chilling. WHAT ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT?? pic.twitter.com/g2BR6KTjj8
— JRSportBrief (@JRSportBrief) June 21, 2018
Had a chance to see legendary and longtime Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, and my good friend Brian Cashman. pic.twitter.com/xUQUcntpyw
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 21, 2018
The man never stops.
Calipari Swag Meter: Needs Dunkin Donuts
Where will Cal pop up next?