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  • VAUGHT : Calipari sees different Kentucky team next year

    By LARRY VAUGHT

    Whether you think John Calipari puts too much of an emphasis on getting players to the NBA or not, it is still pretty fascinating to think that he has now had a player play for all 30 NBA teams during his 10 years at UK.

    Calipari insisted he didn't even know that when a media member told him that recently.

    "I just know a lot of players get drafted. I said to somebody, ĎHow does anybody beat us on kids?í I have no idea. What are they saying or doing? I donít know, but we do get beat more that we get kids," Calipari said.

    Getting beat for players frustrates UK fans as much or more as it does Calipari

    "I mean, we like to say that itís not for everybody," Calipari said. "This is about coming to practice knowing that NBA scouts are in that gym at that practice because they want to see the competitiveness right there in our own team.

    "Itís a different deal when you go, and I want to be the only guy and want to shoot all the balls and want to be the center of attention. Itís just different here.Ē

    Calipari seems convinced already that next season might be different with the way he's feeling about his team. He tweeted that he loved freshman Kahlil Whitney's "competitiveness and his confidence. He's wanted the challenge of this place for a long time."

    But that wasn't all he shared on social media about his team.

    "This is truly a positionless team with length. Weíre only just beginning this journey and Iím liking what Iím seeing," Calipari tweeted. "This is what I enjoy most -- having a great workout with a group of players who wanted this culture, wanted to be challenged, wanted to be made uncomfortable. They all have big dreams and aspirations and wanted to be in an environment with other good players."

    Calipari even threw in some thoughts from former coach Joe B. Hall after Hall attended a recent practice.

    "My mentor and friend, Coach Hall, likes our new team," Calipari posted on Twitter. "He loves that we made a bunch of jump shots. He said this could be our best shooting team. Said we made our first nine shots when we scrimmaged."
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Bakert's Avatar
      Bakert -
      Quote Originally Posted by Darrell KSR View Post
      Best shooting team sounds good to me.
      Glad it was Joe B who said it. Tired of Cal saying it, and being wrong.

      And glad someone told Cal about having had someone play for every NBA team. That might be useful when recruiting.
    1. kybobcat's Avatar
      kybobcat -
      Talk's cheap.

      Get back to me when they hit pressure jump shots during the last two weeks of March Madness.
    1. suncat05's Avatar
      suncat05 -
      I just wish we, and Cal & Kentucky, could win another few NCAA basketball championships and stop choking against scrubs like Wisconsin and then in turn hand undeserved titles to the likes of Pope K & Puke.
      Guys like Booker and Lyles CHOKED against Wisconsin. Truthfully, the whole team AND Cal choked against Wisconsin. And then Cal says "I thought they'd figure it out." No Cal, that's YOUR JOB as the Kentucky head basketball coach. But hey, I'm just a Kentucky basketball fan since the 1950's, so what could I possibly know? 😠
    1. kingcat's Avatar
      kingcat -
      Quote Originally Posted by suncat05 View Post
      I just wish we, and Cal & Kentucky, could win another few NCAA basketball championships and stop choking against scrubs like Wisconsin and then in turn hand undeserved titles to the likes of Pope K & Puke.
      Guys like Booker and Lyles CHOKED against Wisconsin. Truthfully, the whole team AND Cal choked against Wisconsin. And then Cal says "I thought they'd figure it out." No Cal, that's YOUR JOB as the Kentucky head basketball coach. But hey, I'm just a Kentucky basketball fan since the 1950's, so what could I possibly know? ��
      It is frustrating