Six former Kentucky Wildcats are in the NBA Conference Finals, which, as you might imagine, has John Calipari feeling pretty good about what he’s done in Lexington over the past decade. So good he did an interview with Jason King in which he said his guys are becoming the face of the league.
“Think about it. The guys that are becoming the face of the NBA … they’re our guys. I’m not surprised. The kids that come here are just built different.”
The interview includes a lot of old stories we knew (Jamal Murray meditates before games and loves to smile) and Cal-isms we’ve heard a million times (“This isn’t for everyone”) but with young stars like Murray, Bam Adebayo, and Tyler Herro playing key roles in their team’s postseason runs and Anthony Davis continuing to be one of the best of the best, well-worn ground is still worth treading. Plus, we get his reaction to Bam’s block of Jayson Tatum’s shot from Tuesday night.
“Who would try to block that shot unless they just had a fight in them?” Calipari said. “Most people would be too afraid to get dunked on. But he didn’t care about getting dunked on because he has a fiiiggghhhttt! Our kids learn that here because our practices are competitive.”
After you watch Bam’s block one more time, do yourself a favor and read the rest of King’s piece.