One might think that John Calipari might be a little contrite after last season’s debacle. Starting out ranked in the preseason top five and being knocked out of the first round of the NIT by Robert Morris as the finale would humble just about any coach in the NCAA. One might assume that John Calipari would approach this season a little guarded and less willing to set forth lofty goals.
But this is John Calipari we are talking about; no way in hell is he going to do it any other way than to go completely balls to the wall.
After losing 11 games, talk of going 40-0 should be scoffed at and ridiculed. Cal should shy away from that talk. But he isn’t. He’s welcoming it:
My goal before I retire is to coach a 40-0 team because they say it can’t be done. As the season goes on, it gets harder and harder. But I say let’s do it, let’s do something crazy.
Calipari says that he wants to do it before he retires, but anyone with a brain knows that he wants to do it this season with his new team. And he isn’t stopping at the 40-0 talk. He is even going so far as to compare this Wildcat team to the Miami Heat and how difficult it will be to get all of the talent to mesh. He stated that it took LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh two years to figure out how to make it work; Kentucky will have only three months to get it right.
But this is why we love John Calipari. He is a gunslinger; always has been, always will be. He’s hones and he tells it like it is, no matter who he offends or what fires his comments may spark. But it’s with this mentality that he can assemble the best talent college basketball has ever seen. It’s with this mentality that he went to back-to-back Final Fours and won a national title. It’s with this mentality that he has flooded the NBA with Wildcats in his short tenure.
Love his bravado or loath it, John Calipari isn’t backing down from a challenge. He was knocked off his horse last season; but his spurs are sharpened and his six shooters are reloaded. He is going into 2013/2014 with guns blazing and expectations soaring.
He’s coming. And Hell’s coming with him.