Kentucky coach John Calipari went on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday, and he had a lot to say.
Patrick asked Calipari a simple question to lead off the show: Does one-and-done work?
Calipari took it from there, spending most of the next six minutes going through different things that he believes would help alleviate issues between the NBA, NCAA and high school players.
His first point was that kids should be able to go to the NBA from high school. However, he also said the NBA Player’s Association would need to step in to guide kids who are deciding between the NBA and playing in college.
“I’m going to give you some names,” Calipari said. “Sebastian Telfair. Jeremy Tyler. Leon Smith. Robert Swift. Jonathan Bender. Kwame Brown. Those are kids that you probably don’t even know who they are, but they were out of high school and didn’t make it.
Aside from Sebastian Telfair, who enjoyed a 10-year NBA career, Calipari has a good point. Here’s his solution:
“Do a combine for (high school) juniors,” he said. “Take 100 of them. Tell the ones that need to go to college, ‘you need to go to school.’ And you 15 or 12, ‘you need to go directly to the NBA.'”
If that idea seems simple, it’s because it is. But Calipari had a more radical idea, too, that would help remove the pressure from a player who things he needs to make it in the NBA to support his family.
“Are you ready for this? You decide to go to college, let the Players Association give these families loans so they can travel with their teams,” Calipari said. “If they choose to move to a town where their son is going to play, they can take a loan and do it instead of having families move to towns and wondering), ‘how the heck did they get there?’ Let that be legal.
“These parents have dignity and don’t want anyone else in their business. But if they have nothing, when you open up their refrigerator and there’s a can of corn in there and someone’s offering them money, they’re going to take it. But they don’t want to take it. They’d rather do their own thing with their family. You know why? No one’s ever done anything for them.”
Here’s the full interview with Calipari and Patrick, which is worth the watch: