Chin Coleman was hired at Kentucky because he is developer of young talent on the court and an ace recruiter off of it. A relationship-builder with a great personality, Coleman is expected to be a major help in Kentucky Basketball recruiting, and the program will be well-represented with him on the recruiting trail and in recruits’ living rooms.
But at home in his own living room, Coleman likes to unwind with a good movie, his passion away from basketball. “I’m a big movie buff,” he told KSR on Tuesday, when asked about his interests outside of basketball. “I like movies, all kinds of movies.”
Unable to name a favorite because he has so many, Coleman said, “When I want to watch a movie on any of the streaming services–Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Amazon–it takes me at least 30, 40 minutes just to find one movie because I literally saw everything.”
“I’ve got so many good ones,” he continued, still struggling to name his classics. “Obviously, some of the greats are “Gladiator,” “Shawshank Redemption,” I’m a big Denzel Washington guy, I’m a big Matt Damon guy, so all of the “Bourne”-type stuff. I’m well-rounded. I can go all over the place.”
Further proving his love of movies, Coleman has been known to work movies and movie references into his coaching. A March 2020 profile of Coleman in the Chicago Tribune reads, “Before Illinois’ two-point win at Michigan on Jan. 28 — the Illini’s first victory there since 2010 — Coleman showed the team a clip from the rock-climbing documentary “Free Solo.” He added a quote: ‘We didn’t come this far to come this far.’”
Another one, “Before playing at Northwestern, Coleman’s scouting report included a clip from the movie “Troy,” reminding the Illini of their road-warrior mentality. Before ending a four-game losing streak at Penn State, it was a highlight from “Creed” and the DMX song “Who You Be” that nudged players to regain their identity.”
Even further, Coleman sounded like Liam Neeson in “Taken” in his first Kentucky press conference and again on KSR when he said he has a particular set of skills.
With those skills, maybe he can help Calipari and Kentucky make one of these movies again. We haven’t seen one in awhile.