LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari has already won a national championship. He’s in the Basketball Hall of Fame. He’s reached the Final Four at three different schools.
There are few things the Kentucky coach has not accomplished.
But that doesn’t mean his remaining goals will be easy to reach. Speaking with the media on Wednesday, Calipari revealed a recent conversation he had with his high school coach.
“You know, there’s not a whole lot more you can do,” his coach told him.
Calipari quickly corrected him and shared his newest dream.
“I want to have half the (NBA) All-Star Game (to have) played for us,” he said. “At four right now. Under the age of 27. Four. How do we get eight more to the All-Star Game?”
This year’s game actually included three players: Washington Wizards guard John Wall, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, and New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis.
But there are plenty more who have a reasonable chance at the honor next February.
For those Kentucky fans who are tired of hearing NBA talk: Calipari is not solely focused on his ex-players — he spent most of his 40-minute presser on the current team’s strengths and weaknesses.
“Now all the other stuff that you say I should be worried about will happen,” he said. “That stuff will happen.”