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John Calipari on Tyler Herro: “He’s got elephant balls”

John Calipari is a fan of his metaphors, but he went dig deep into his proverbial bag of phrases when talking about one of his former players.

“I swear to God he never left the gym,” Calipari said about Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, according to ESPN‘s Jordan Schultz. “And he had a chip. I always tell him he’s got elephant balls.”

Now I’m not quite sure where to go from here after reading that, but if true, Herro might need to leave the Bubble immediately or at least see a veterinarian. Aside from that, Cal’s comments on the Heat rookie shouldn’t surprise anyone (the “never leaving the gym” part, that is). He was drafted into a Miami culture that is dedicated to getting the most out of its players through hard discipline and constant work. Herro was built for that mindset; he showed us in Lexington and continues to put it on display in Miami.

Herro has been one of the Heat’s main contributors throughout the NBA Playoffs, too, closing games down the stretch and playing with his usual confidence. Through nine postseason outings in the Orlando Bubble thus far, the former Wildcat is averaging 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists while shooting right at 40 percent from beyond the arc. The Heat recently ran through the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks with a 4-1 series win as they now advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

7 Comments for John Calipari on Tyler Herro: “He’s got elephant balls”



  1. ukkatzfan
    7:35 pm September 11, 2020 Permalink

    I see an ACDC/Tyler Herro mixup video in our future. Once you see the song title, you will know.



  2. trumpetguy
    10:58 pm September 11, 2020 Permalink

    Bucket believes in himself, and just as important, so do his teammates and Heat coaching staff, plus Pat Riley.



  3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    11:02 pm September 11, 2020 Permalink

    With him and Bam I see some more good games coming in the playoffs.



  4. Wilfred Smith
    11:31 am September 12, 2020 Permalink

    He’s ever upper class high society. God’s gift to ballroom notoriety. His balls are always bouncing, the event is never small. The social pages say he’s got the biggest balls of all.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:34 pm September 12, 2020 Permalink

      Some how my brain turned this into a choppy version of a RunDMC song as I was reading it.



  5. Section233
    5:32 am September 13, 2020 Permalink

    So here’s another example of how Cal needs an X’s and O’s coach How did we lose games with talent like that. Maybe draw up an inbounds play to actually score every now and then. Pretty sure Tyler in a pick n roll or coming off a screen would have worked at UK but what do we know



  6. Megan
    12:50 pm September 13, 2020 Permalink

    Zack, “proverbial” bag of phrases? I’m not familiar with that proverb. How does it go?

    It’s not a proverb. It’s a metaphor. But don’t say “metaphorical bag of phrases.” Metaphors are used without calling attention to the fact. That’s the point of them. So just say “bag of phrases.” Everyone will understand Cal isn’t reaching into an actual bag.

    A proverb is a short pithy saying in general use, stating a general truth or piece of advice. You’ve heard a bunch of them. Early to be, early to rise. A rolling stone gathers no moss. That’s not what this is. No proverb here.