Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky Stars React to John Calipari Heading to Arkansas

Former Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari waves to the crowd.
Former Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari waves to the crowd. / Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Following John Calipari's departure from the University of Kentucky, a handful of former Wildcats took to social media to bid farewell to their old coach.

Calipari is set to take over as head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, leaving Lexington after 15 years as the coach of Kentucky's men's basketball program. During his lengthy tenure, Calipari has coached some of the top college basketball players in the nation, many of whom have developed into excellent pros.

The 65-year-old addressed his departure in a video message on Tuesday, which prompted reactions from some of the most legendary players from Calipari's coaching tenure in Lexington. Among those to weigh in included former No. 1 draft picks Karl-Anthony Towns and John Wall, as well as fellow current and former NBA stars such as Tyrese Maxey, DeMarcus Cousins and Bam Adebayo.

Towns took to X, formerly Twitter, with a heartfelt message for Calipari, wishing his coach the best of luck at his next stop in Fayetteville.

Wall, Maxey, Cousins and Adebayo were among many players to comment on Calipari's video on Instagram.

John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Tyrese Maxey and Bam Adebayo react to John Calipari's announcement that he's leaving Kentucky.
John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Tyrese Maxey and Bam Adebayo react to John Calipari's announcement that he's leaving Kentucky and joining Arkansas. / Screenshot via John Calipari / Instagram
Former Kentucky Wildcats players react to John Calipari announcing his move to Arkansas.
Former Kentucky Wildcats players react to John Calipari announcing his move to Arkansas. / Screenshot via John Calipari / Instagram

Other former Kentucky players took to social media to react to Calipari's big move, too.


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Patrick Andres

PATRICK ANDRES

Patrick Andres has been a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated since 2022. Before SI, his work appeared in The Blade, Athlon Sports, Fear the Sword, and Diamond Digest. Patrick has covered everything from zero-attendance Big Ten basketball to a seven-overtime college football game. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.