Salute, Don't Scorn, Kentucky's Starting 5

Loose Ball: The Wildcats' freshmen and sophomores who are headed to the NBA draft deserve praise.

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College-basketball fans are going to miss them, too. But instead of being angry about the time not spent at Kentucky, appreciate the time they did spend.

Calipari has the right approach, even as he attempts to reload the program. "I'm proud to say I was able to spend a year with them," he said.

Considering what these players accomplished through hard work, putting themselves in position for more rewards, pride is an appropriate emotion. Anything else is tinged with selfishness.

Deron Snyder's Loose Ball column appears regularly on The Root. Follow him on Twitter and reach him at BlackDoor Ventures, Inc.

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Based in Washington, D.C., Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience, previously serving as a columnist, editorial writer and reporter with several Gannett publications. His sports column appears in the Washington Times. Follow him on Twitter.

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