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  • VAUGHT: Calipari sends messages to Kentucky players

    By LARRY VAUGHT

    Before Kentucky played at Vanderbilt Tuesday night every player got a message from Kentucky coach John Calipari.

    "My thing is no excuses and no cop-outs. You are what your stats say you are. If youíre not playing well donít put it on someone else," Calipari said.

    He told senior Nate Sestina about when he coached the New Jersey Nets and had Keith Van Horn trying to guard Utah Jazz star Karl Malone -- and noted that Sestina had no idea who the players were.

    "Keith said to me ĎI canít guard him. How am I going to guard him? What should I do.í I said ĎHm, I donít think you can guard him either. Hereís my guess, heís going to get 30 points on you. Get 32 on him and weíll even this thing out,'" Calipari said.

    ďIím telling Nate youíre getting beat pretty bad on stuff. OK, giving up six, eight points, score nine. Make some baskets. Donít worry about what you donít do, worry about what you do for us. And they had no idea Karl Malone is a Hall of Famer.Ē
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Darrell KSR's Avatar
      Darrell KSR -
      I know. Those young whippersnappers!
    1. Catfan73's Avatar
      Catfan73 -
      Good story. To be fair though, how many of these guys were even born yet when he coached the Nets?
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