Say this about the widely despised University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach, John Calipari: At least he punctures the veneer of piety surrounding big-time NCAA athletics.
If his overdog Wildcats cut down the nets in triumph at the end of the NCAA tournament, they will do so as an unabashed youth wing of the NBA. The shameless Calipari attracts players to UK explicitly to train them up for the pros, and many of them depart as soon as they have served out the one-year delay the NBA imposes between high school and the league’s draft.
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