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Former Duke star, NBA Veteran, calls Kentucky a basketball ‘factory’

Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Former Duke star and current NBA veteran JJ Redick is speaking positively about Kentucky head coach John Calipari and the UK program as a whole.

On his podcast, “The Old Man and the Three,” Redick had former Wildcat De’Aaron Fox on to discuss a wide range of topics including how Fox ended up in Lexington, the NBA Bubble, and his former Kentucky head.

While talking with the Sacramento Kings guard, Redick said about Kentucky, “It’s like a factory now. It’s a factory for one and dones.”

Adding to his point, he said that Calipari’s track record for NBA guys over the last 15 years is impressive. The former Duke star also wanted to commend Cal’s transparency when recruiting. He said that Cal does not try to hide that he is going to load up on other future NBA players.

Redick was a McDonald’s American in 2002 before taking his talents to Duke where he was a two-time ACC Player of the Year and the National Player of the Year in 2006. Since leaving Durham, he has turned in a 15-year NBA career while playing for five different teams.

It is hard to disagree with Redick even if you are the biggest Kentucky hater. The NBA Bubble has turned into a recruiting tool for the Wildcat program. Players like Anthony Davis, Jamal Murray, Tyler Herro, and Devin Booker have taken the NBA by storm.

While what Redick said was something we all already know. Something about a Duke legend saying it just makes it that much sweeter.

To listen to the entirety of Fox’s interview, click here. It is definitely worth the time to dive deeper into one of the rising stars in the NBA.

Article written by Sam Gormley

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15 Comments for Former Duke star, NBA Veteran, calls Kentucky a basketball ‘factory’

  1. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    4:37 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

    Must be desperate for news stories today.

  2. City shuffle
    4:43 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

    That probably took 5 minutes to write and contained nothing. The headline could be a tweet, and left at that

    • MrFlip41129
      9:04 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

      Cal is the best coach for Kentucky during his/this time and the future. No other coach could do what he has done for the program during this time of basketball. Fully understand he has one championship. But he has the same amount of Championship’s ask Rick, Tubby, and Joe B. Won more games and almost always got a run to the final four, if not for a few missed or bad calls and missed free throws. Never understand the hate Cal gets from our fan base.

    • MrFlip41129
      9:04 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink


    • millertim
      8:12 am September 28, 2020 Permalink

      Mr. Flip, there is not “hate” for Coach Cal, just honest assessment and critique of a coach who has had much greater talent than every coach in America since he’s been at UK and has produced only ONE title, while Duke and Villanova have 2 in that same time frame. Hell, even VIRGINIA has a title to match Coach Cal. The legitimate criticism is that he has had ABUNDANT talent at UK but only ONE title in his 10 plus years at UK— We should have at least 3 by my modest count (2009, 2015)— in those cases I blame poor coaching, not lack of talent— we were far superior to WV in 2009 and Wisconsin in 2015!!!!

  3. Section233
    5:17 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

    How about we take that talent and win. Maybe hire someone who can draw up and inbounds play to score. How about we start with Xs and Os and win with that talent. 2012 seems like a long long time ago. Recruiting is awesome but…am I wrong ?

    • mashman 93
      6:18 pm September 28, 2020 Permalink

      We should have at least two titles , but I still wouldn’t trade Cal for any coach.

  4. Section233
    5:18 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

    Cal needs a bench coach who can speak up with the in game adjustments and the Xs and Os

    • BowdenQB4ever
      5:29 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

      That’s why he brought in his retirement age buddy to shore up the staff.

  5. 2andToodleLoo
    8:37 pm September 27, 2020 Permalink

    Wow – quite the salty comments. I’ll add mine.
    This is nice I just wish it would help in recruiting the top 5 players.

  6. UKinIN
    7:52 am September 28, 2020 Permalink

    I find it interesting that KSR had a report about a former UK player appearing on a podcast hosted by a former Duke player and the post didn’t have any quotes from the former UK player.

  7. millertim
    8:06 am September 28, 2020 Permalink

    I would rather UK be known as Title Town than an NBA factory… the NBA should not be the goal of the head coach but instead a perk as a result of winning NCAA titles. It’s extremely telling that we have more than twice the number of NBA players in the league than all teams in our league and the Big East combined and yet Billy Donovan (Florida) and Jay Wright (Villanova) have twice as many titles as Coach Cal. Don’t get me wrong, I’m extremely happy to have Coach Cal as our head coach. Just wish his first priority was the university, not the NBA…

  8. CahillsCrossingNT
    8:18 am September 28, 2020 Permalink

    Calipari is a $10 million a year empty suit. It’s that simple.

  9. WILDCATS1968
    10:18 am September 28, 2020 Permalink

    Might should have mentioned that one dude who is doing pretty well himself that plays along side Herro, the Bam guy. I mean he is doing ok ??? No ? Also, lots of negative fans in here bashing Cal. Maybe go cheer for Louisville, UNC or someone like that. I mean we have 8 championships in our history. It is tough to win it all, yes we probably should have 2 more, but I like having a chance to win every year, and we certainly do with Cal here. We could be running out the Bobby Perry’s (not a knock on Perry) out there and going 23-12 every year. Some people just want it all and are never satisfied. Cal is here, loves UK, but most importantly does not lie and extort the kids for personal gain. I can hold my head up high and be proud of our head coach, wish some of you could do the same. Yes he is stubborn and I do get tired of the same old word tracks you know is coming, but in the end, he is my guy and would not trade him for ANYONE else.

  10. Carcrook
    8:03 pm September 29, 2020 Permalink

    @millertime Since you’re an expert coach and a Cal historian, tell us how Cal missed winning a title in 09?