John Calipari says it’s time to get in shape.
Not his team. Not his fans. The coach himself.
Kentucky Wildcats TV posted a video of Calipari in mid-workout Thursday, sweating up a storm on an elliptical machine, with a promise of weight training to come. He said he started the regimen a week ago.
“Mid-50s, I let it go a little bit. Had a heck of a year, but, going forward, gotta get in better shape, gotta get the body right.”
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The UK coach, 57, had his left hip replaced in 2004 and his right hip replaced in 2014.
Calipari, who shared a fun moment in the video with a former player, was watching a video of Kentucky’s 2012 national championship game as he worked out, hinting that he’s getting in fighting trim for another such pursuit in 2016-17.
“I’m trying to get my mindset right, my body right, because it’s going to be war time,” the coach said.
Calipari, who boasts the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class heading into next season, also speculated about what might be possible further down the line.
“I’m thinking, if I can get my body right, can I coach till my mid-70s? Maybe, and what would that mean if I’m at Kentucky for another 20? What would that mean? Championships, draft picks, No. 1, lotteries. No doubt, I would have 12 guys in the NBA All-Star Game. ... What about wins?
“So let me see if I can get in that kind of shape.”