His son, Brad, posted a picture on Instagram of long-term goals Coach Cal wrote down on a piece of paper when he was 26. As you can see in the picture below, Calipari has checked off just about every goal on the list.
In the 2008 national championship against Kansas, he chose not to foul up three, allowing Jayhawk Mario Chalmers to nail a game-tying 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left and send the game to overtime. Calipari’s Memphis team would go on to lose the game in overtime, arguably the most heartbreaking loss of Coach Cal’s career. The game against LSU wasn’t nearly as important, though one could argue a loss would have had heavy consequences on the Cats’ postseason outlook.
This was sent to me by Bill Kelly, one of my former players at Kansas when I coached the JV team. You can see shorts were a little tighter back then and my hair style was a pushover, not a pushback.
Every championship team is defined by championship moments. They happen behind closed doors in practices, during regular season games, and, of course, in the championship game. The following is the seventh in a series of articles chronicling the championship moments during the 2011-2012 Kentucky basketball season. Today we finish the series UK’s by looking back at the defining moment of the 2011-12 Wildcats: the meshing of a team.
John Calipari’s mentor and close friend Larry Brown is back in the coaching business.
Guest photographer, Donna Gray, gives us one more look back at Kentucky’s national championship victory over the Kansas Jayhawks and the post-game celebration.
Lamb, UK’s second-leading scorer, simply went about his business while public fascination dwelled on his talented teammates. John Calipari, though, sensed Lamb was going to be impossible to ignore when the spotlight shone brightest for the national championship game.
Harrison notched 22 points and a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Eastern Michigan and a career-high four assists Sunday night at the Barclays Center against Providence.