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“The choice,” Calipari added a moment later, “is you recruit players that aren’t as good as these players, or you try to convince him to stay and to come back. … All I’m doing is what’s right for these people, helping them reach their dreams. During the season, I tell them it’s about our team. You can see that it is.”

No doubt.


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