LEXINGTON, Ky. — It’s not likely an exhibition game pitting the Golden State Warriors or another NBA super team against a Kentucky alumni squad would ever happen, but that won’t stop the trash talk coming from former Wildcats.
On Saturday it was Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle saying, “I definitely think we would win. I don’t think it would really be a challenge.”
Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns went a couple steps up the confidence ladder on Sunday.
“We’d kill anybody,” Towns said. “That’s not a question. I don’t know what Julius (Randle) said yesterday, but I’m not modest.”
Towns and Randle were back in Lexington over the weekend to put on basketball camps. They reflected on their time at Kentucky, talked about their respective NBA clubs and stoked the UK alumni vs. super team fire.
“We’d beat anybody,” Towns continued. “That’s not even a question. And if we get to pick our coach and we get to pick Cal, it’s over. It’s not even a question. It’s gonna be like my year here at Kentucky, we walk on campus it’s over.”
NBA stars like Towns, John Wall, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins would be the headliners, but there’s a deep pool of former Wildcats to pick from: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Devin Booker, Jamal Murray, Rajon Rondo, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Patrick Patterson, Trey Lyles, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo could fill out a bench.
And if Calipari coached the squad, Kentucky might revert back to the platoon system so that all the stars could share the court.
“Are we playing the way my team played? The way my team played you never cared who was a starter and the bench,” Towns said. “Everyone got equal time so it didn’t matter.”
Three more Kentucky players — Fox, Monk and Adebayo — were lottery selections this summer, contributing to the overflow of Cats in the NBA. Forward Derek Willis recently inked a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons and Dakari Johnson joined the Oklahoma City Thunder on a two-year contract.
“We’re the best at what we do, especially at putting people in the NBA,” Towns said Sunday. “There’s a reason, because we have a blueprint that no one else has and no one else has figured out yet, and possibly will never figure out.”