Calipari: criticisms don't bother him

Calipari knew the spotlight would be on him at UK more than when he coached at Massachusetts or Memphis. He also coached the New Jersey Nets, but he knew also that the NBA spotlight wouldn't match the one at Kentucky.

Calipari knew the spotlight would be on him at UK more than when he coached at Massachusetts or Memphis. He also coached the New Jersey Nets, but he knew also that the NBA spotlight wouldn't match the one at Kentucky.

However, he insisted in an interview after he was hired that outside criticism/distractions would not bother him.

"I don't listen to talk radio. If someone gets on there and thinks they are jabbing me, I don't listen to it. I don't know what is on a chat room. I don't know how to get in there. I can turn on a computer. That's the extent of it," he said. "You are not going to bug me in a chat room because I never see it.

"I am not going to read the local paper whether it's good or bad. If they write the good and it pumps you up, that's not good either. Ego — edging God out — is not good. Or when they rip you to shreds and call you the devil — and I am not the devil — I am not going to see that.

"I am a basketball coach. I go about my business and treat my players the way I want my son to be treated. I try to coach them up, make them feel good and try to recruit good players. That's what I am about."


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