By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky standouts DeMarcus Cousins and Devin Booker are two of 24 former UK players in the NBA this season. Yet on opening night, Booker (Phoenix) and Cousins (Sacramento) got into a bit of a scuffle during their game that did not surprise UK coach John Calipari at all.
“Devin will not budge, and I imagine the little kid (Tyler Ulis) went out and bit his (Cousins’) knee cap when it happened. Because those two are absolutely – that’s two boys (Booker and Ulis) right there. Those two are like two peas in a pod, those two,” Calipari said.
He keeps up with what his players are doing. He says each morning there will be a list of how former UK players did in the NBA and if their team won or lost.
“I’ll hit a bunch of them. Some of them I just like knowing (how they did). I get them (those lists) every morning. Today the list was like this (holding hands apart) with all of those games. It was like a long list.”
That Thursday morning list included a 50-point outing by Anthony Davis for New Orleans.
“How about Michael Kidd-(Gilchrist) went for 22 (points) and 14 (rebounds) (for Charlotte)? How about Andrew Harrison started? I was so happy that I texted those guys. I didn’t text Anthony. He scored 50 and I’m like, ‘Yeah, you should,'” Calipari said.
“I hit Tyler (Ulis) who had a blocked shot. Are you kidding me? He said it was a steal that it wasn’t a block. I hit him back and he said, ‘I’m waiting for my chance.’ I said, ‘It’ll come.’ I tried to hit Jamal (Murray) this morning because I know he went 1 for 8. I know him well enough and I was just trying to hit him but he didn’t have a voicemail.”