Say what you will about John Calipari. Call him a sleaze-bag (he's been called worse) for his recruiting methods. Rip him for the vacated seasons and Final Four appearances at Massachusetts and Memphis when players and agents did questionable things on his watch. Mock him for how oily and unctuous he can sound in interviews.
But the man can coach. Anyone who watched Kentucky win its eighth national title last night -- 67-59 over Kansas -- and anyone who watched the Wildcats dismantle opponents all season long knows that.
The masterful job Calipari did getting this team to play sound, unselfish basketball can't be over-stated.
Sure, the Wildcats have five, maybe six players who will wind up in the NBA next season. But with great talent can come great headaches for a head coach. Suddenly he can be hit with ego and ball-hogging issues, poisonous me-first attitudes among the superstars, an unwillingness to sacrifice for the overall good of the team.