Kyle Macy is, by most accounts, a Kentucky Wildcats legend. As a player at the university in the late 1970s, Macy was a three-time All-American, won a national championship, and became the first-ever consensus SEC Player of the Year.
He remained an active member of the UK community after his professional basketball career. Now, though, he claims that he doesn't feel welcome in that environment and his relationship with the program is being strained.
Kyle Macy says he doesn’t feel welcome at UK Basketball practices....criticizes Calipari Over differences https://t.co/WjBn8OydLN— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 18, 2019
According to Macy's comments in an interview with Fox Sports 1260, he feels unwelcome at practices and team events because of his differences with head coach John Calipari over certain key aspects of the program.
It seems Macy's main gripe is with Calipari's heavy focus on preparing players for their professional career, as Macy believes it can distract the team from the goal of winning a National Championship. Macy criticized Coach Cal's comments back in 2010, when he described the NBA Draft that saw five Wildcats taken in the first round as the "greatest day in Kentucky basketball history."
I am sad tonight. Very sad at the venom directed to a Wildcat great by some fans. No one (and I mean no one), has ever played for UK with a bigger heart or more love for the “Blue & White” than Kyle Macy. Fans should listen to the full taped interview before lashing out. #BBN— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) July 19, 2019
It's unfortunate to see this former legend's relationship with the Kentucky program deteriorating, but that's just how things go sometimes. It seems that as long as Calipari remains at Kentucky, Macy will be keeping his distance.