John Calipari gives advice to Rockets’ Stephen Silas
Calipari shares experience with Houston Rockets star John Wall
The Kentucky coach later explained how he was also able to get the best out of Houston Rockets star guard John Wall during their lone season, which was good enough to get Wall selected with the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
“John, all the accolades that came with him piled up on him in the middle of the year. And he came in my office after a game and said ‘Coach, I want you to know I love you.’
Like what? What did you do?
[Wall said] ‘In the media you’re saying I’m not having any fun.’ Yeah, its not fun when they scout you and take away what you do best.”
Calipari explained what makes both Wall and Cousins valuable and unique.
“Great kids, great men. The best thing I love of those two, they understand how to give back, how to be a part of a community.
They understand the community assist award in the NBA. Both of those guys have been involved with it.”
The Rockets rewarded Cousins for his character and resilience, as they guaranteed his $2.3 million salary for the rest of the season, before ultimately releasing him on Tuesday. As for Wall, he figures to be with the franchise longer, so Silas could potentially learn from Calipari’s experience with the former All-NBA point guard.
But above all else, Calipari’s lessons on establishing a culture of accountability could be invaluable for Silas, as he continues to face adversity as a rookie head coach.