Kentucky head coach John Calipari has four good reasons to take an interest in the Suns. That’s how many of his former players are currently on the Phoenix roster. For now.
Friday Calipari joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM to share his assessment of the young Suns roster filled with Wildcats.
“I loved it out there when I watched that game. Here’s what I said to Earl (Watson): ‘I thought he’s got undersized guys.’ But the league’s getting undersized, so it’s not that bad. But what I saw was a team full of fighters. That means you’ve got a chance. If you don’t fight in that league, you’re just playing, you can’t win. You’ve got to have talent and assets and all of that other stuff, but you’ve got to fight.”
Calipari predictably praised the drafting of Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis. Perhaps unpredictably, he slammed the teams who passed on the backcourt duo.
“Devin Booker coming out there, he was the youngest player in the draft, did not start for Kentucky,” he said. “And Ryan (McDonough) made him a lottery pick? What the hell are we doing? What is that? And then when he takes a 5-foot-6 player that’s 150 pounds, everybody’s like, ‘Are you kidding me? Why would we do that?’”
Can I just tell you, everyone thinks, ‘Well that was an easy pick.’ There were four teams that passed him up that today I can’t believe they passed him up. You know why they passed him up? Devin Booker didn’t start for my team.”
“I talked to three or four teams, like, ‘You understand what you did by passing on Ulis?'” “(And they said) ‘I knew I was getting this call, you were right.’ So I think Phoenix, with Tyler Ulis, I mean come on now. This kid’s heart, this kid’s ability to do what he does, it’s amazing.”
Will it be long before another Calipari alum joins the Kentucky contingent in Phoenix? If and when, the outspoken Wildcats head coach will surely have more opinions.
“You know I like bragging about my guys.”