John Calipari and Nick Saban are very comparable coaches.
They’re both quite good at what they do, they both recruit well, and they both put tons and tons of players into the next level of their respective sport.
So, of course, people compare them.
John Calipari has coached 26 first round picks at Kentucky since arriving in 2009. Same number as Nick Saban at Alabama since 2007. (National Titles: Saban 5-1)— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) June 22, 2018
Whether or not Calipari saw this tweet, who knows. But he did tweet this.
Could you imagine if we could keep kids for three years what this program would look like? Oh my gosh! But I’m always happy for the kids when they reach their dreams.— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 22, 2018
That’s evidence enough for me to believe Calipari is subtweeting, and I’m here for it.
It’s hard to argue that Nick Saban has had more success at Alabama than Calipari has had at Kentucky. He has five national championships, after all.
But it’s hard to compare the two, and if Calipari’s recruits had to stay in college for just two years, odds are he’d have a few more titles as well.
We’re talking about teams with a sophmore Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, or John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins.
Can you imagine some of those guys together at UK as sophomores, or even juniors? We might be talking about Calipari having more titles than Saban in that case.
Sure, Calipari should have won at least one more title with some of the already-stacked teams he’s had in Lexington, so it’s ok to jab him about that.
But, trying to compare the first-round success of Calipari and Saban is just silly.
And since we’re comparing different sports, let’s get a little more ludicrous, shall we?
John Calipari has coached 26 first round picks at Kentucky since arriving in 2009 and has only 1 championship. Joe Torre coached 3 players currently in the HOF and 2 more future lock HOF's with the Yankees and yet won 6 WS's. (this is just as relevant as Saban v Calipari)— Jason Anderson (@J680Anderson) June 22, 2018
I appreciate Jason Anderson pointing out the ludicrousness in all this.