By LARRY VAUGHT
John Calipari is already feeling his swag and he won’t take over ESPN until Thursday.
Calipari will make appearances on various ESPN venues Thursday setting up the NBA Draft later Thursday night.
So I asked him Tuesday what is the advantage to him and his program for spending the day on ESPN.
“Well, one, I’m gonna be up there and they asked me to come in with Karl Towns. I wouldn’t have done it if it was by myself. So I said, ‘Karl, do you want to do this?’ He said, ‘Yeah, let’s go have some fun.’ So I said, ‘OK, we’ll do the Mike and Mike’ and they’re supposed to bounce me around; I don’t know exactly how much I’ll do,” Calipari said.
“But any chance I can to brag about my kids, and they give me that opportunity, oh I’m bragging about my guys, now.”
Of course, then the bragging started.
“I’ve been wrong before in what I think. I think the last time I was wrong, I think it was 1978,” he joked (I think). “I believe that Jamal Murray will be the leading-scoring rookie in the NBA. That’s what I believe.
“I got a chance to go on and talk about Skal (Labissiere). I am so proud of Alex (Poythress) right now. These teams are calling me back like, saying, he’s gotten healthy, he has leg strength on both sides, which some of that falls on us where he was probably injured more than we thought throughout this year. But shooting and all that. All of a sudden, he becomes that solid second round – maybe he slips (into) late first.
“The chance to brag about these guys – and how about the chance to brag about the 25 guys in the league and talk about what they’ve been able to do. You give me a chance to do that and I can do it with a player, with Karl Towns, he and I can have some fun and have a couple good hours together, I do it.”