A former manager on Kentucky’s ’96 title team, according to his Twitter, shared a fun story of his run-in with Macaulay Culkin at a UK basketball practice in Memorial Coliseum. The manager, Tony Russell, tweeted he was watching Home Alone last night when he flashed back to the time he had to tell a 16-year-old Culkin to leave practice, twice.
Watching Home Alone always reminds me of the time a teenaged McCauley Culkin showed up one day at one of our UK bball practices in Coliseum.
Not sure why, but he was being shown around by the UK women’s bball team head coach & walked into our practice up on the concourse level.
No one, and I mean no one, got into our practices under Coach Pitino unless personally invited by him and/or ok’d by him in advance.
Coach sent me up the stairs 2 throw them out, and I realized who it was when I got up there, but I said “sorry, practice is closed. Gotta go.
Women’s coach said “but this is McCauley Culkin! Go ask him (Pitino) if McCauley can watch practice.”
So I went back down to the court & timidly asked Coach Pitino “the women’s coach wants to know if McCauley Culkin can watch practice?” “No”
So I went back up the stairs & kicked them out again. Women’s coach got mad, went into AD office & a bit later the assistant AD came down.
End result was that McCauley Culkin was allowed to watch practice for about 10 minutes or so before having to leave. I remember he was odd.
This was in the beginning of the Macaulay Culkin drought of the 90s — what a terrible time in our lives — so I can understand why his star power wasn’t enough to keep him in the building. Home Alone had been out for six years, Home Alone 2 for two, and his most recent movie was Richie Rich, his last until popping back up in Party Monster in 2003. Who knows, maybe Pitino running him out is what sent him down that dark path to craziness.
This story would be so much better if Pitino had told him, “I’m gonna give you to the count of 10 to get your ugly, yella, no-good keister off my property, before I pump your guts full of lead! 1… 2… 10!”