UK Men's Basketball

Calipari invites Wall back to Kentucky if NBA locks out players

University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari has told John Wall and other former UK players in the NBA that they're welcome to work out in Lexington this summer if the league locks out its players in an expected labor dispute.

Michael Lee of the Washington Post, in his "Wizards Insider" column, quoted Calipari as saying, "I told (Wall), if there is a lockout. You come back with us. I said, 'Use our building. We've got facilities here. Whatever you want, if you need to, if there is a lockout, stay here. Be here in the mornings.' "

Lee spoke with Calipari in Chicago on Wednesday night, where Calipari was watching another of his former players, Derrick Rose of the Bulls, receive the NBA's MVP award.

Calipari suggested during the interview that Wall could return UK to take summer classes during the lockout and practice with the Wildcats to stay in shape.

"He can be on the court with us," Calipari told the Washington Post writer. "He can be a student assistant going back to school, you can put him on the court. I'm going to invite all of our guys, John, (Bulls guard Keith) Bogans," he said. "I even said to Derrick, you didn't go there, but if you want, you can come down. But hopefully, there isn't a long stoppage, but if there is, I want to make sure our guys know they can come back with us."

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