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Brad Calipari tells what he knows about UK on The Players’ Tribune

Kentucky head coach John Calipari hugged his son Brad as UK practiced in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in March 2014.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari hugged his son Brad as UK practiced in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in March 2014. cbertram@herald-leader.com

University of Kentucky basketball walk-on Brad Calipari took to The Players’ Tribune on Friday to provide some explanation of his decision to play for his father, John Calipari, and of his basketball journey leading up to this point.

The submission is titled “What I Know” and gives his perspective as a bystander during UK’s title run in 2012 and throughout Calipari’s tenure here.

In the post, Calipari gives the highest praise to UK fans, calling them a “family” and then later saying that “if you’re going to ball, it’s gotta be in Lexington.”

The father/coach dynamic is an interesting one in sports, and the post offered some insight into how John Calipari handled that balance as Brad described one of the few times he got to witness first-hand “Coach Cal.”

Brad Calipari, who started his high school career at Lexington Christian Academy, also explained his decision to go to a prep school and how he felt it was in his best interest to go out on his own before returning to play for his father at UK.

“It’s going to be home — again,” Calipari said of Lexington. “I’ll get to see my mom more often. I’ll be back with Big Blue Nation. I’ll be at Rupp wearing my Kentucky blue with CALIPARI on the back, the name I worked hard to put there.”

Son of UK coach talks about his day in Louisville and his play in Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

Brad Calipari set up his Players’ Tribune post with this:

“A lot of people assume that because of my last name they know who I am. They want to tell me where they think it’s gotten me or why I’m here as a walk-on for Kentucky. But, now, let me tell you what you may not know about me.”

Read Brad Calipari’s piece in its entirety here.

Kentucky coach John Calipari is asked about his son Brad, who said recently he will walk on at UK next season.

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