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Joel Justus defends John Calipari for players first approach

Coach Cal and Dean Smith both deserve praise, but only one gets it.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

On Sunday night, the first two parts of ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” aired and it drew an average of 6.1 million viewers.

In the documentary, former North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Dean Smith told Jordan that he needed to go pro and do what was best for him instead of trying to convince Jordan to stay which would have been what was best for Smith.

After seeing that, social media blew up with people praising Smith for being such a players coach and doing what is right for the kids.

Even JJ Watt praised Smith on Twitter saying, “Dean Smith telling Michael Jordan to go pro because that’s what was best for him, instead of telling him to stay which would have been best for Dean Smith. That’s a coach you want to play for.”

With all of the well-deserved praise that coach Smith has been receiving, Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus took to Twitter to make a point about how Cal gets crushed every year for doing the same thing.

Coach Justus is only speaking the truth, since Cal has been the coach at Kentucky, he has been crushed every year for pushing kids to the NBA instead of trying to convince them to stay which would help him.

I believe that both coaches should be praised for doing what is right for the kids and I think that coach Justus taking up for Cal is a valid point.