Kentucky's team could look like a completely different squad against next season, much like it did this year. Last season the Wildcats lost five players to the NBA, two to graduation and one other to transfer. Then the Wildcats brought in four freshmen, one of which was unable to play this season.
While things worked out well with the team reaching the Final Four, it's not a perfect scenario and not one that Kentucky needs to see each season. Still, Calipari isn't concerned with the roster turnover.
"I don't ever worry about that, and it really affected us this year. In other years, I'd tell you the same thing. That's why I say I'll never try and talk a kid into staying. It's their choice," he said. "I may not agree, but you know what, it's not my decision. Whatever decision you make, there is only one person that has to live with it. You have to live with it," he continued.
Additionally there are rumors that Calipari is interested in going to the NBA, but the UK coach is accustomed to these kinds of rumors.
"Now it's only pro jobs. Part of it is to try to screw up your recruiting," said Calipari. "I laughed when the newest rumors came out. I said, ‘You're not going to screw up our reruiting; we've already go the kids signed,'" he continued. "I've got a great job. I've got one of the best in our sport. I can't stop the rumors. I just don't deal with them," he finished.
Calipari also talked about how the NBA lockout could affect his players' mindsets when choosing whether to declare for the draft or not.
"This lockout really kind of screws everything up. I think a lot of kids are pulling their names because what if the lockout goes the whole year? What kind of mistake did you make," Calipari said.
The deadline to declare for the NBA draft is on April 24th. Players can pull their names from the draft before May 8th. The NBA lockout is set to occur on July 1st.
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