When John Calipari came to Kentucky, the once-proud program had taken quite the tumble into obscurity.
The program with seven national titles at the time had failed to reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament in four-straight years, including an NIT berth the year before Calipari arrived.
But Calipari wasn’t about to bring Kentucky back to glory by himself. He needed a major recruiting class that would turn around the fortunes of the program and make Kentucky Basketball a fun program again.
DeMarcus Cousins played an instrumental role in that, and after a memorable season in Lexington, he left to pursue his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA.
It’s been a productive career thus far, but it’s one that’s unfortunately ben tainted with injuries as of late, including an ACL tear suffered this week.
Today, Calipari offered his support for the man who helped bring Kentucky back to the glory days.
“I was in touch with @boogiecousins earlier this week because of his birthday and just saw the news of his injury yesterday,” Calipari said. “To have fate intervene in his career in this way is mind-boggling. At the end of the day, he’s 29 and he still has his best years ahead of him.
“The news is disheartening, and I know it’s difficult, for DeMarcus, but I know how much he loves this game and I know his drive and his perseverance. He’s going to battle back just like he did the last two times.
“#BBN, let’s lift him up. We are pulling for you, @boogiecousins!!!”
Hopefully, Cousins will be able to recover from this injury and make his return sometime in the second half of the 2019-20 NBA season.