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Calipari not panicked, says UK’s issues are “fixable”


After three losses in two weeks, John Calipari wants to you to know he’s not panicking about his team. In today’s press conference, Calipari said all of Kentucky’s issues in recent weeks can be fixed.

“My message today to them, if we defend and do some of the stuff we did and play, rebound and do some of that stuff, the other stuff is all fixable.”

Calipari said his team must limit turnovers, create more shots, and take more threes (15-18 attempts in hopes of making 6 or 7); if they do all of that and continue to defend like they did vs. Florida? He thinks they’ll be just fine. Above all, with the fanbase on edge, Calipari wants you to know he’s got this.

“Look, I’m the coach at Kentucky. This is what you deal with. I’m not shying away from it. It’s not overwhelming me. I’m not panicked. I will say every game we play, including Mississippi State, they are capable of beating us. Just how it is. We are also capable of winning, but they are capable of beating us every game here on out. The league is way tougher. I think our strength of schedule is 12th. I may be corrected on that because you could look at something else, but that’s what the NCAA goes by: 12th.”

“We are 14-5. I’m not panicked. I mean, I coach at Kentucky. I always have young guys. I don’t have them this young. They are really young. They are learning to trust each other. I’ve got to get them to trust each other on both sides of the ball and it may take more time. There have been years it has taken us to the end of February, and guess what? I woke up every morning, got ready to go, did my thing, coached my team and eventually they got it. I fully expect that from this team, but there are growing pains. This may be the youngest team in the history of the NCAA trying to do something unique and special. There have been teams this young and they’ve been like 3-25.”

With Seth Greenberg’s comments from last week about one-and-done players being spoiled and the media pouncing on Kentucky’s exit from the polls, Calipari also took the opportunity to stand up for his players.

“These are great kids. But, you know, I’m with them. I haven’t lost any faith in them. Individually or collectively. It’s just hard. And it’s harder than they thought it would be. To be honest, at the end of the year I forget how hard it is as you’re going through it. So, it’s hard on all of us. It’s just a tough deal.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 responses to “Calipari not panicked, says UK’s issues are “fixable””

  1. secrick

    Just Hustle, Actually Florida looked like they had better players but hustle and if you get beat that’s fine.

  2. ukfan4388

    I agree with Cal 100%. I think he has great players and I think Cal is very good at getting kids with the right attitude and upbringing. My issue is “Why does it have to be a young team every year? I find myself this year, not being as excited for two reasons. One, they are not playing well, so it is hard to watch. Two, with the team renewing every year, I don’t have that player(s) that I grow to lover over time. In the past, there has always been a “Miller” or “Hood” or “Patterson”. There is always the talk that come March, we will be very good. But for me at least, the basketball season is my entertainment. Would you watch your favorite TV show if the first 10 episode were bad.

    1. BigBlueNationDude

      Vaild points here. 20 games in and hes not panicking. I certainly am. They arent getting any better. This has been the least exciting year I can think of since last year of bcg

  3. dgtuk

    Well you should get your wish next year because outside of a couple of players most everyone will be back! And if you don’t enjoy watching a team grow and develop (albeit painfully sometimes), then don’t watch til March :).

    1. runningunnin.454

      Watching them grow and develop and become a team is part of the fun.
      Hopefully everybody will be back next year; I’m tired of the NBA throwing money at kids they know are not ready.

  4. binarysolo

    Has anyone made a Cal-speak bingo board?

    “We’re young” gets the gimme center square obviously.
    “They are learning to trust each other” should be on there.

    What else should go on there?

    1. runningunnin.454

      How about,
      Positionless
      TWEAK.

    2. runningunnin.454

      UK is not for everybody.

  5. Duff86

    Their issues are definitely fixable. Jay (Jake according to Bill Walton) Bilas said it best, they coughed up so many unforced turnovers in the 2nd half. The ball just seemed to slip out of their hands. All their issues seem to be related to fundamentals and once they are able to slow down their minds they’ll be fine.

  6. jahanc2uky

    Dont quote Bias on this site anymore. That guy is as fake as silicone. Also, “CAL’S GOT THIS **IT!!” Final 4 as a 12 Seed!

  7. The Professor

    When Cal has a great team with mentally tough players he bemoans how they are not ready for top competition. Now that he has a team that often plays soft and struggles in many areas he keeps his comments positive. It is all about psychology and trying to boost confidence. His comments are one reason I am a bit down about this team. If he was telling us that there was no way they can go very far, I would feel much better about our chances.

    1. catsarerunnin

      Yes I want a coach to say a team has no chance. Brilliant!