Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Karl Towns are three of John Calipari’s most successful pros, and, in turn, all three will participate in this weekend’s NBA All-Star festivities. Davis, Cousins, and Towns’ time at Kentucky never overlapped, but as we’ve seen continuously in the Calipari era, they still feel a kinship. Davis and Towns opened up to the Star Tribune’s Jerry Zgoda about how the UK “brotherhood” has helped them bond at the next level.
“It’s a brotherhood,” Towns said. “No matter if you were the star player to the last player on the bench, there’s a journey you have to go through and it’s the same journey. No one will understand unless you’re a player there.”
“Cal preaches family, so you just stick with that for the rest of your career no matter where you are,” said Davis. “When you see guys who played at Kentucky, you already have that connection with them even when you don’t know them.”
Is there anything more Karl than Karl talking to alums going back to the 1980’s about the Kentucky basketball experience? Because he says he did that. Of course.
With NBA All-Star weekend coming up, get ready for more articles like this. Here’s the schedule of festivities:
- Rising Stars Challenge (Friday, 9 p.m.): Karl Towns, Devin Booker, Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles
- D-League All-Star Game (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.): Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress
- Skills Challenge (Saturday, 8 p.m.): Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Devin Booker
- All-Star Game (Sunday, 8 p.m.): Anthony Davis (starter), DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall
No better BBNBA moment than Davis and Cousins celebrating with Karl after he won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge last year: