John Calipari isn’t one to waste an opportunity.
The UK coach, who’s been flying all over the country since the contact period began earlier this month, took a little time to relax in Brooklyn on Friday night.
But the side trip surely won’t do anything to hurt his recruiting efforts.
Calipari was in town to see Jay-Z perform the first of eight concerts to open the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets and the venue for UK’s season-opener against Maryland.
Not only was Calipari there, but he was tweeting about it (of course). He tweeted a picture of himself with Jay-Z in the background. He tweeted a picture of himself with Nets coach Avery Johnson. He tweeted a picture of himself with Magic Johnson.
And, oh yeah, he tweeted this …
“I told Jay-Z that I might get fined $50k for being in HIS locker room tonight. He said “I got you”. #Lafamilia”
With that tweet, Calipari is referencing the $50,000 that the NBA fined Jay-Z for meeting with UK’s players in the Nets locker room in Newark after the Cats clinched a berth to the Final Four two years ago.
That meeting and subsequent fine spawned the opening lyric to one of the most popular songs on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne album a year later.
So Cal is basically saying: “Not only am I cool enough to spend my Friday night in Brooklyn with Jay-Z. In case you forgot, he wrote a song about Kentucky basketball.”
There’s at least one recruit out there who’s worth reminding of this.
Randle’s favorite hip-hop artist?
“Jay Z is on top for me,” he wrote.