ON PATTERSON'S NBA VALUE
Calipari, a former NBA coach, understands the potential financial impact Patterson's return could have because of the possible second NBA contract he will sign.
"If Patrick goes and is the 28th pick or 26th pick, it's probably to a playoff team and he won't play a lot. His second contract might be $15 to $18 million. But it could have been $70 million," Calipari said. "Think about how much he lost. He could play himself into a higher pick, go to a non-playoff team. They will want to say they drafted the right guy, so they will play him. That's money he left on the table (by going to the NBA now). If Patrick does what I think he can, he made himself a lot of money (by coming back to UK)."
ON PATTERSON'S SKILLS
Calipari admitted Patterson's skills are better than he realized even though Patterson has averaged 17.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game in 59 career games at UK while shooting 59.1 percent from the field.
He put Patterson in the same spot in recent workouts that he used Robert Dozier at Memphis.
"He did things I had no idea he could do. I didn't realize how fast he is. He is really fast. He hasn't always run fast, but he's really fast," Calipari said. "Two or three plays he just took off.
"He shoots the ball better than I thought. He handles and passes the ball better than I thought."
ON SCOTT PADGETT
Talked to Scott tonight and looks like he will officially join the staff maybe as early as Monday. had to fill out paperwork, go through background check and do some certification. but he is so eager to get going. premium story with him coming
ON NOT COACHING PADGETT ON NBA DECISION
"I told his parents he and I had two conversations with him and Jodie (Meeks) together. Not once did I tell him to come back (to Kentucky). I did not coach him into coming back. I wanted him to come back for himself and to help the university."
Calipari has already told Patterson he needs to be the team leader next season.
"He has to let guys know he could have left and he is giving up minutes and shots," Calipari said. "When your best player is unselfish, things take off. If your best players is about me, then you are in misery."
ON MIDNIGHT MADNESS
"You guys have got to tell me, can we do it? You say that (yes), but listen. The average weather in that time period is from 50-to-66 degrees, what if it is 50? (Media member says, ‘I don't care if it is 10 degrees.) Yeah, you don't care because you have a coat on; I'm talking about the guys that are running around up and down out there on the court. Here is what I would like to do and you will get to know me, I am usually outside of the box where you just shake your head and leave and say, ‘This guy is out of his mind.' I would like to do it on the football stadium and you get 70,000 people there and have the weather be perfect and have Ashley Judd come and Justin Timberlake and other celebrities come and you make it an hour and a half of fun. The thing is on the players though, I don't like doing the rapping and the dancing and all that. Look, we are going to do some drills; you are going to see them play and introduce them and that is it. It is about them, not them being stupid. It is seeing them. Weather wise, you put a court down and all of a sudden it might rain. There are some things that are going on. I am throwing it at the athletic department to say will it work. What happens if it is nice and then it gets bad? Can we then go down to Rupp? How do you do that? It is harder than you think, but I let everyone else deal with the hard stuff and I come up with the ideas."