Kentucky coach John Calipari has completed the final installment of a self-authored, three-part series on the state of the Kentucky basketball program.
In the second part of the series written on CoachCal.com, Calipari spoke about recruiting — including a possible shot at Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, which he later denied. In his latest blog post, Calipari focused on hopes for the future of the program over the next decade and a desire to remain with the Wildcats for the remainder of his coaching days.
Here are excerpts from Calipari’s post on his coaching career:
Kentucky basketball is an everyday thing, but you can’t live or die on every win and loss because you’re going to die a lot if you do that. It’s about incremental improvement and growth on the court and in life that will allow us all to succeed and reach our dreams. With that mindset, how long can I coach here? My plan is to coach here for the rest of my career. I want this to be my final coaching position.
I never thought I would coach until the age of 60. I said that from the day I got here back in 2009. But now that I’m here and I’m entering my eighth season – how crazy is that?! – one thing has become very clear to me: I’ve gone from the business of basketball to the business of helping families. That’s not just a fancy line used on a recruiting pitch. That’s the truth. That’s why I’m here and that’s what’s allowed me to do this. As long as I feel like I can continue to help families, why not keep going? It doesn’t mean every kid makes it big, and a lot of times it means success may not be in their time frame or their terms, but our goal doesn’t change: How can we help this young man and his family?
Kentucky is the gold standard in our sport. It’s been that way throughout the history of our game. It’s one of the reasons I dreamed of one day coaching here. The biggest goal I have – and we all should have – is to make sure Kentucky remains that way.
There will be some who will attack me, attack the program, attack the approach, and some will even say, “He only talks about the NBA.” But I can only tell our fans it’s similar to what Frank Sinatra once said: Our best response … is massive success.