Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari recently released a book, Success is the Only Option: The Art of Coaching Extreme Talent, and he is making the rounds on business to promote it.
TMZ Sports caught up with the legendary NCAA coach and asked him a few questions, most notably about the controversial “one-and-done” rule.
The one-and-done rule, which prohibits players making the jump directly from high school to the NBA, is highly controversial and much maligned. With critics claiming it turns collegiate basketball into nothing more than an extended showcase for upper-echelon talent, John Calipari appears to have no qualms with the rule.
When asked how to keep the best talent in college longer, Calipari made remarks that coincide with sentiments he has expressed in the past:
“Well, if it’s your son, you want him out in a year to go to the NBA. If it’s someone else’s son, you want him in for four years… Look, I’m for the kids. Whatever is best for them, I’m all in.”
Calipari has mastered the art of luring the best high school players to his program at Kentucky, winning at a high level, and reloading the next year as those players declare for the NBA Draft. An exhausting process, and seemingly counter-intuitive to building long-term success, Calipari has found a way to make the system work for him.
Many feel that this rule, or rather this loophole in the rules, will be addressed at some point. But until then, Calipari is “a-OK” with them the way they stand.