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Derrick Rose has maintained his relationship with Calipari since entering the NBA
Nobody will ever accuse John Calipari of modesty. Then again, what place does modesty have in the life of college basketball’s flavor of the decade?
Calipari’s confidence is not one of narcissism. He is confident in his players and his team. When top recruits begin the process of selecting their college institution, they do not want to hear things like, “We’re going to take it one day at a time and see where we stack up.”
Rather, high school stars are comforted when they hear the head coach confidently proclaim, “I’m going to have a good team again,” as Calipari did in this interview with ESPN’s Andy Katz.
Yet, Calipari’s outlook heading into every season is far from blind optimism. You’ll notice in the above interview that when asked how the 2012-13 team will compare with its predecessor, Calipari responded appropriately.
Are they going to be as good a team as we just had? I don’t know. We weren’t very good early in the year last year, if you remember… and by the end of the year we were, like, really good. This year’s team is going to have to do the same.
In some ways, this creates an immediate challenge for the incoming class. Are they good? Yes. Are they going to expect to win every game? Surely. But will they best the accomplishments of previously great efforts? That will have to be taken one game at a time.