Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra joked that Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will use the 2020 NBA Finals as a "great recruiting pitch."
"I’m not sure he’s going to maximize that," Spoelstra said sarcastically about four former Kentucky players in the Finals.
All-Stars Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers and Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat and emerging Heat star Tyler Herro played for Calipari at Kentucky.
"Coach Cal, he really runs his practices and that program like an NBA program," Davis said Tuesday. "Obviously, he coached in the league, so he knows what it takes to get there. That's an advantage for all players who go to Kentucky. He's able to get you ready in one, two years, and most of the time how you be successful."
Calipari is beaming, and he spent more than 40 minutes on Tuesday talking about his former players. Denver’s Jamal Murray also played at Kentucky and starred in the NBA’s restart.