Marshall Henderson is known for two things: trash talking and three pointers. Okay, scratch that. Marshall Henderson is known for three things: trash talking, three pointers, and really unfortunate party pics. By now, you’ve surely seen the .gif file of Henderson popping his jersey to the Auburn crowd after sinking two free throws to win the game (if not, click on that link before you read another word). He’s a loud, brash, passionate player who not only doesn’t hide his emotions on the court, but embraces them. Remind you at all of this Kentucky team? No, not really. Maybe Nerlens Noel a little bit.
In today’s pre-Ole Miss press conference, Cal said that he admires Henderson’s passion on the court, comparing it to Ray Lewis’, and wishes he could see some of it in his own players:
“I love his energy and excitement about playing, he loves the game. It was a great thing Ray Lewis did and I showed the guys, he said, ‘The reason I could last this long is I love it, I love everything about it. I love the game.’ I stopped the tape, ‘Do you love playing or are you more happy when practice is over than when it starts?’ Everything I’m trying to do is get these guys to grow up fast, and the biggest thing is, get them to recognize what they’re doing, what it looks like, you have to recognize it before you can change it.”
In fact, Cal challenged his players to talk back if Henderson gets going and give the guard a taste of his own medicine:
“Oh, I’d like us to lose our composure. That’s what I’m looking for. Like, lose your composure. Get mad. Get angry. Be mad to be great. (Pretends to be moping, then getting bumped by someone) ‘Oh, sorry.’ What? Be mad. And if he talks to you, talk back to him. I mean, just be mad. Compete, fight, battle, toughness, swagger. It’s hard to have a swagger when you’re ducking and you’re running. You gotta dig your heels in. That’s why I’m saying all this stuff is good for our team. If we’re going to get it, it’s competing in games like this and learning and growing.”
We’ve seen emotion from this group in bits and pieces throughout the season, most notably against Auburn and LSU. Will this be the game that forces them out of their shells?
Y’all gon’ make me lose my mind up in here, up in here. Y’all gon’ make me go all out up in here, up in here…
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