Brad Swag: Ranking Brad Calipari’s Outfits

Brad Calipari’s outfits are taking the college basketball world by storm. Every time Kentucky hits the court, Brad is first thing fans want to see. Usually we want an ill advised three pointer so deep that it would make LaMelo Ball proud, but this season we want to see what amazing outfit Brad has graced us with today. He has had so many great outfits that I needed to rank them.

#6. RIPIP to when Brad Cared
If you have kept up with Brad Calipari, you know that the ever so rational Kentucky fans did not like his outfits too much. Brad definitely got the swaggy Cal gene, because this is right out of his dad’s playbook.

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#5. Oversized plaid hoodie
I don’t actually know if it is oversized, but it makes him look like he is a solid 220 when I know he is 180 soaking wet.

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#4. Straight Outta Pleasant Park
Not sure if this is a Fortnite reference or if he actually lived in a bougie paradise called Pleasant Park. I love this picture, because of how uncomfortable he looks on a basketball court.

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#3. Brad $wag
Not hating on any of these outfits especially, because I know each article of clothing cost more than what I pay in rent.

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#2. Thanos Travis
Wouldn’t exactly call someone who averages 11 and 7 Thanos, but this is still pretty sick and I want one.

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#1. Night at the Roxbury
The all time crowd favorite and the outfit that started it all. The chain and the turtleneck sweater that stole the hearts of millions.

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Kentucky Basketball, Consistency

Well, the season began in the absolute worst way possible… with a 34 point loss to Cam Reddish and the Duke Blue Devils. Since then, it has been a wild ride. They won 7 in a row after Duke, none of them too pretty besides Monmouth. Then they lost a heartbreaker against Seton Hall in the Garden… in overtime. The Cats started to turn things around after that. Their stretch in December was a game on Saturday, a week of practice, then another game Saturday. This helped in a big way, as we saw the emergence of the star of the team, Ashton Hagans.

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Hagans L’s down

Going into North Carolina, Kentucky had yet to have a breakaway star. But in that game, much like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander against Louisville last season, Hagans broke out. Hagans had 7 points, 4 assist, 3 rebounds which does not sound like much, but he had 8 steals and +11. No one knew what to expect against UNC, especially since the last big game we got blown out, but this game changed the perception of Kentucky, or so we thought.

Kentucky then went on to beat Louisville, handily in the YUM! Center which is always the best feeling in the world. But then they fell off and really haven’t been the same since.

After losing to Alabama by 2 in Tuscaloosa, Kentucky has fallen off. The last three games, Kentucky goes down immediately. Against Texas A&M, they went down 10-0 early and eventually won by 11. Kentucky is definitely showing some promise, but here is what needs to improve and it is only one word….consistency.

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Kentucky may have two of the best big men in the league in PJ Washington and Reid Travis. The thing is, they’re either hit or miss. Reid is a bully. A huge game changer and when he’s on, Kentucky is on. But, since Alabama, Reid hasn’t really been himself. A big issue with Reid is his inability to play against athletic, quick bigs. But, he had put that suspicion to bed until recently. With Reid, you have to get him involved early and often, then you avoid the issue and get his confidence up and moving. With PJ, it’s different. He’s either there or not and you never know which one will show up. As KP (Kenny Payne) said, “when we win or lose I always look at PJ’s line, if he played bad we probably lost.” Just as I said with Reid, PJ needs to get going early. I think the first possession should always go down to Reid or PJ and the 2nd should go to the other. If they start fast, Kentucky will beat anyone.

Keldon Johnson is the best player all around. He can bring 20+ every night or he just gives us an easy looking 15+ and 10+. Keldon is a special athlete and right now, I think he is the only one that is NBA ready, but a lot can change.

Tyler Herro is a special player, but with him, again, it’s consistency. Against Louisville and Texas A&M he was lights out. Other games he’ll miss a ton and just lay low which can’t happen. He has improved a ton on defense, which has allowed Cal to play him more minutes, even if he isn’t making shots.

Quickley and Hagans are my two favorites. They plays balls to the wall, every second of every game. Both of them are the best defensive players we have and have both improved their offense which is a key for Kentucky moving forward.

And of course, my player that I wish would succeed the most, Sophomore Nick Richards (s/o @kysportsradio). Richards has played some minutes recently, but against Texas A&M, he changed the game. His shot blocking ability and the fact that he is so aggressive (sometimes) on the boards make him a special athlete. But, he is really hit or miss. I wish more than anything that he becomes the reason why Kentucky wins #9 this year, but he will have to be more consistent in order to do so.

Kentucky has a lot of time left, 16 games left to put it in perspective. I think they will win 12/13 of those. I think they will finish in the top 20 and probably enter as a 3/4 seed. They have a lot of time left, with still a ton to prove. I’m circling January 26th. The game at Rupp against Kansas could change my opinion on everything…but until then this team is Sweet 16 at best. I hope I am wrong, but I just do not see them winning it all. My pick right now is Tennessee…..but don’t count out Cal just yet…..

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Has John Calipari Lost It?

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John Calipari has been the Coach of Kentucky for 10 years now and he has only brought in one title, thanks to Anthony Davis. Kentucky always gets so much preseason hype, but they consistently fail to live up to it. John Calipari does not have the appeal as he once did.  Coach K has taken over the game of one-and-done’s and it looks like Penny Hardaway make take 2nd place over Cal.  

Let’s pause before this starts.  Kentucky will always be the best college basketball program.  The history behind Rupp, the 8 titles, the 30+ NBA players they have produced, and, of course, the fans.  But, it seems to me that they are losing their stride and let me explain why. 

Growing up, Kentucky always had a player everyone could love for 4 years and follow him into the NBA.  For me, it was Keith Bogans.  In fact, I still have a press clipping from his Senior Day and a signed jersey my parents got me for Christmas one year.  You consistently knew who was on the court when the year started and you generally knew whether or not the team would win or lose throughout the year. But not anymore.  Kentucky has lost some of its audience recently.  Those crazy fans you hear about can’t fully engaged in the seasons anymore and that’s frankly because they’re sick of the same old routine.  

Every year we get the hype of Cal recruiting a great class and we have such high expectations.  But every year, Kentucky inevitably loses in the tournament and then all the players leave. For the younger folk, kids like me, it’s not a big deal to learn names and it doesn’t take much to get us into basketball season and believe the hype.  But, I have seen a trend in the older generations that they are growing sick and tired of learning new names of players that consistently underperform with the Kentucky jersey on.  Names like Skal Labissiere, Archie Goodwin, Nick Richards, the Harrison Twins, Daniel Orton, etc. Cal was once a recruiting guru, but, in all honesty, Cal is not the best recruiter anymore, and he is not a good coach.  

Now calm down, stay with me here.  Cal has not landed the number one recruit since 2012 with Nerlens Noel (according to ESPN 100).  Since 2012, every number one recruit has gone to Duke besides Ben Simmons and now James Wiseman.  The lowest Duke has fallen is number three when Skal came to Kentucky and Simmons went to LSU. Since 2012, Cal has only had 3, yes 3, recruits that were rated in the top 5 (Andrew Harrison, Skal, and Bam).  In that time frame, Duke has had at least 2 every year.  In fact, this year, Duke has 3 of the top 5 while Kentucky’s highest recruit was Keldon Johnson at #7.  Cal has lost out on so many recruits, so it brings the question: Has he lost his edge? My answer is simple: yes.

…but it goes deeper than that.  I think it is more of a fact that he has gotten comfortable.  He got used to doing the bare minimum, and having the talent get him to the Final Four.  2011 was his best coaching year by far, where he took Josh Harrellson, DeAndre Liggins, and Brandon Knight to the Final Four.  Contrast that to 2014, where he got complacent. He thought he would win easily, but had to do some last second coaching.  In 2015, his coaching lost us a chance at the program’s 9th NCAA Title. He trusted the twins instead of the hot hand Booker and the gentle giant, Ulis, which ultimately lost him the game.

Cal has been at Kentucky for 11 years, and he has one championship.  In 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2017, John Calipari should have won.  In those years, he lost twice in the Final Four (to Uconn and Wisconsin) and lost once in the Title Game to Uconn.  Since those years, Uconn and Wisconsin have both been irrelevant.  Cal’s best teams at Kentucky have been 2015, 2010, 2012 in order with the most skilled first.  In 2010, they could not hit free throws or three pointers in the Elite 8.  Ironically, Cal could’ve convinced Jodie Meeks, the guy who scored 54 against Tennessee and was the one shining spot for Billy G, to stay and there would be no three pointer shortages.  To make matters worse, when Calipari had his best two teams (2010 and 2015), Duke won both of the Championships.  

Look, I love Cal and I love that he has brought the swagger back to Kentucky Basketball, but stats don’t lie.  He can’t win in the tournament and he can’t recruit like he used to.  All of this happened with only Coach K as the real competitor in recruiting.  Now this year Kentucky had high expectations, but Duke beats them by 34 in the first game.  Cal did not coach because he expected the talent to take him far.  The game is changing for Cal.  Now there is a younger challenger in Penny Hardaway.  Penny has already, in his first year, taken 2 top recruits from Calipari in Wiseman and Jeffries.  So I’ll ask you again, has Calipari lost his edge?

P.S. this video makes me cry. Give it a watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHxXmDJM0Go