ROSELLE, N.J. -- During a 45-minute coaching clinic session in front of 250 coaches at Roselle (N.J.) Catholic on Friday afternoon, Kentucky coach John Calipari told several entertaining anecdotes and gave the coaches an inside look at his involvement in his players' NBA decisions.
"I'm not holding these kids back," he said at one point. "I tell kids that shouldn't go, 'You shouldn't go.' Well, what if that kid says, 'But, I'm going anyway." How would you deal with it? Would you go bury the kid to the NBA, say none of you should pick him, he stinks? Or would you go lie and say he's unbelievable, he's the greatest kid. What would you do if he were your kid? I've had probably four kids absolutely should not have left and left."
He added: "This basketball stuff is great but it's a means to an end for all of us and what we do as teachers and coaches. It's about developing young people. When we go back, every decision I make is how is this going to work for these individual players? How do I get them to be the best version of themselves?"