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Kentucky Is NBA Farm System

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"I'm not saying that winning national titles is not important -- it is," Calipari said. "But if you told me we'd win a national title and no one gets drafted, or you go 0for20 against West Virginia and five guys get drafted, you tell me what you'd want. I know that makes the old guard mad that I'd even say that, but if it's really about these kids, this would be a great day."I guess I'm old-guard enough that it makes me uncomfortable. And I've seen enough crowds in Rupp Arena to know that there are plenty of old-guard folks who can't sit too comfortably with this aspect of what Calipari is saying: It is an explicit acknowledgement that the whole enterprise is about the name on the back of the jersey, not the name on the front.

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