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Dan Le Batard Rips John Calipari And His ESPN Employers

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Not exactly what we expected.

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It wasn't the best draft night for Kentucky's John Calipari.
It wasn't the best draft night for Kentucky's John Calipari.
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This is pretty interesting: Dan Le Batard ripped his ESPN employers for essentially giving John Calipari the whole network Thursday which he - according to Le Batard - used to sell his Kentucky program.

He has a point, but on the other hand, it's a good thing for Calipari that he went through the ESPN "car wash" before the draft rather than after.

Because he's said for several years that Kentucky's biggest sign of success is what happens on draft day and this year, it just wasn't that great.

Jamal Murray went to Denver at #7 which isn't awful but a lot of people thought he'd go higher - possibly as high as #3.

Skal Labissierie came close to falling out of the first round before being taken at #28 by Phoenix before being traded to dysfunctional Sacramento. He was not a happy guy.

Tyler Ulis was seen as possibly a late first-round pick. He reportedly made a strong impression on the Spurs but questions about his hip emerged.

He went to the Suns at #34.

Alex Poythress wasn't drafted.

Isaiah Briscoe pulled out of the draft.

Marcus Lee bailed completely, pulling out of the draft and transferring to Cal.

Charles Matthews transferred.

If the draft is how you define and sell your program, if getting guys there in a hurry is the end all and be all, the only guy happy here is Murray.

Next time Le Batard has Calipari on maybe he could ask him how significantly he failed these guys and what he said to their families after all of his promises.

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