Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, Andrew Harrison, and Aaron Harrison all could've hit the high road after the stellar finish of the 2013-14 season, but as soon as the BBN was confident that they were gone, they did the unthinkable. They came back! Their return was something that us Kentucky fans haven't been use to in a while, and it also wasn't something that Calipari had been accustom to either.
During all that time of the players trying to decide, we had some outsiders trying to steel Calipari away to the NBA. Rumors were hurling of Calipari to the Lakers, or the Cavs. As we now know Calipari did not take either of those jobs to coach his most recent star at Kentucky - Julius Randle and could've coached one the NBA's most elite players in - Kobe Bryant, at the Los Angeles Lakers. After turning that down he had the opportunity to coach THE star of the NBA - LaBron James, and he didn't take that. Now many wonder if he knew Labron was coming, and I would have to think that Cal and LaBron had conversations about that, but who knows.
With all that staring him in the face he still couldn't leave the guys that depended on him, the returning players for Kentucky.
Mike Decourcy of the Sporting News quoted Calipari on some comments Cal made in regards to the players returning.
“They needed us to develop them more so they’re more ready.”
“Four kids said they need us and me to help them get more prepared for the rest of their lives,” Calipari said Monday. “If I came back after the date and left … tough move. If it was your son, how would you feel? ‘That rat, we could have left, why didn’t he tell us?’ “
Calipari said that was the reason he declined the NBA jobs. “Solely," as he put it.
~ Scott Roach ~
The article also discusses other reason why Cal stayed. Read it here.