Now that another NBA regular season in the books, it is time to look at the 2012-13 performances of the many former John Calipari and Kentucky players in the Association, as well as look ahead to which guys are in the upcoming NBA playoffs.
In the latest Mailbag, Coach Cal answers who the most improved player on this year’s team is, what advice he would give to someone starting out in the coaching business and who would be on his all-defensive team.
Over the years, every one of the players and their families that have made the decision to be coached by me and our staff and be a part of our family have played a part in the success of our programs and the good fortune that Ellen and our family have had. But if you want to go back to one that probably had the biggest impact on a university, a basketball program, and a basketball coach and his family, you can go right back to Marcus Camby for me.
If there are coaches out there who have raked in more star-studded freshmen than John Calipari over the last few decades, they are few and far between.
Marcus Camby, Coach Cal’s biggest star at UMass, is headed back to the New York Knicks in a sign-and-trade deal. Josh Harrellson, who is a part of the same deal, is headed to the Houston Rockets in return.
It has quickly become a rarity to turn on an NBA game and not find a former Kentucky Wildcat or John Calipari player on the floor.
Sporting News is doing a countdown of the all-time national champions from the expanded bracket era. To no one’s surprise — well, at least not to this writer — the 2012 Kentucky national champions are on the list at No. 7.
After watching his team get outrebounded, “outhustled” and “outworked” in the second half of doubleheader nightcap, a hot and irritated John Calipari said this letdown loss simply came down to toughness. One team (Baylor) had it. The other (Kentucky) didn’t.