John Calipari always looks forward to his annual appearance at the NBA Draft to support his players on the biggest night of their careers.
However, the UK coach will be supporting from somewhere else this time, due to “reasons out of his control” he announced Thursday morning.
“I have been at every NBA Draft for as long as I can remember to support our players on Graduation Day,” Calipari wrote in a tweet. “Unfortunately, tonight I will miss the draft for reasons out of my control.”
“I called Isaiah Jackson this week to let him know. He understood but it was a really tough phone call for me because I really wanted to be there for him for his big day. I’ve been on the phone the last few days and I’ll be keeping a close eye on everything tonight and making phone calls as needed. Good luck to Isaiah Jackson, BJ Boston, and Olivier Sarr.
“I also want to take a moment this morning to remind everyone that this would have been Terrence Clarke’s big night as well. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him, his mom, Osmine, and their family.
“I can only imagine how wide that smile of Terrence’s would have been hearing his name called. I’ve got a feeling he’ll be watching down on his teammates tonight and telling them to relax, enjoy the moment and have fun. That was the kind of person he was.”
I have been at every @NBADraft for as long as I can remember to support our players on Graduation Day. Unfortunately, tonight I will miss the draft for reasons out of my control.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 29, 2021