NBA Rumors: John Calipari Organizing Special Work out for Former Wildcats
John Calipari has been heavily scrutinized in recent years, but his time has finally arrived to give back. Fans may not understand, but his recent reaching out to former Kentucky Wildcats, such as John Wall, who may suffer due to the current NBA lockout.
"This isn’t anything new, but after the lockout began on July 1, John Calipari officially extended an invitation to any former Cat to come back to Lexington.
The lockout prohibits NBA players from using team facilities, meaning they will be looking for other places to work out. That could include the Joe Craft Center.
‘I reached out to every former Wildcat that’s in the NBA dealing with this lockout to tell them our facility is available to train if needed,’ Calipari tweeted. ‘If they want to finish up some school work while in Lexington, we will help with that as well. We just want to make sure all our players know that it’s all about family here at UK. #WeAreUK #LaFamilia,’” according to Aaron Smith of the Kentucky Kernel.
This is fantastic to see and should spark all colleges to do the same for their former student athletes who brought them much fame and fortune during their time. This is an extremely productive way for NBA players to avoid doing something stupid during this disruptive time period and get back to a training facility to prepare for the eventual season.
This is great publicity for Kentucky and any school looking to do the same, but it is also beneficial to their current crop of student athletes. Each program would benefit from their current ball players learning the intricacies of the game from former players who paved the way.
Young superstars such as Wall would improve their own game by mentoring aspiring superstars as well. More importantly, it will help him and other young NBA stars mature as men and professionals.
This is one of the better stories of the past week as basketball has taken a bit of a hit due to the already ugly lockout. Special organized work outs will help colleges improve their program, but will also help the NBA players stay fresh and improve as they prepare for the NBA season.
The NBA will continue to see a better brand of basketball because players are taking the time in the offseason to better themselves on and off the court during this tumultuous time.
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