LEXINGTON, Ky. – So who would John Calipari take in a fight between two of his former players, 6-foot-6, 206-pound guard Devin Booker and 6-11, 270-pound center DeMarcus Cousins?
“Let me say this: It would be a scrap,” Calipari said after Booker and Cousins were involved in a shoving match during the Suns-Kings NBA game Wednesday night. “Devin will not budge. And I imagine the little kid (Tyler Ulis) went out and bit his knee cap when it happened, because those two (Booker and Ulis) are absolutely – that’s two boys right there. Those two are like two peas in a pod.”
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Calipari was a proud papa Thursday after seeing a small army of his former Kentucky players make their 2016-17 NBA debuts. Anthony Davis delivered an historic performance: 50 points, 16 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists and 4 blocks. But that didn’t impress Calipari most.
“How about Michael Kidd(-Gilchrist) went for 22 and 14?” Calipari said. “How about Andrew Harrison started? I was so happy. I text those guys. I didn’t text Anthony. He scored 50 and I’m like, ‘Yeah, you should.’ I hit Tyler (Ulis), who had a blocked shot. Are you kidding me? ButI 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 and I know him well enough and I was trying to hit him, but he doesn’t have a voicemail, so I’ll probably get him after.”
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All told, 24 former Kentucky players were on opening-night NBA rosters.
“We have so many guys,” said Calipari, who every morning gets “a list of all my guys, how they played, if they won. I’ll hit a bunch of them. Some of them I just like knowing. And I get them every morning. Today, the list was like this (hands far apart), because of all those games. It was like a long list.”