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Article written by Maggie Davis

18 responses to “Calipari on EJ Montgomery: “He’s just gotta get better””

  1. WKY Cat

    Cal knows we are in trouble in the front court.

    1. catsarerunnin

      Wow is it hard living with terminal stupidity?

  2. 4everUKBlue

    EJ I have faith in you, please don’t let me down.

    1. gobble gobble

      Yes, I’m sure EJ is yearning for your approval…

    2. Urincatland

      Lol

    3. catsarerunnin

      So does your BF…

    4. 4everUKBlue

      What gg, you not proofreading this article? I guess Jack didn’t embarrass you enough.

  3. gobble gobble

    Wouldn’t say they were “average” performances by EJ… definitely below average. He hurt us more than helped when he was in the game

  4. terwilliger

    Cal likening EJ to first-year PJ. Only problem is this is EJ’s second year.

  5. kjd

    Get in better shape…. that’s what the off season is used for. Troubling comments from Coach Cal.

    1. Matt10

      Not so much. There’s a difference between in shape and really being “in game shape.” Are you just running sprints or are you trying to win every sprint? Are you playing hard in games or are you playing to exhaustion? I tell my players the same. A player has to push him/herself to the limit and the more you do that the longer and harder you can play like that. It’s a mentality that’s tough to learn.

  6. bd2153

    Bunch of immature people commenting here.

  7. UKFanSC

    He’s a 6’10 small forward who will never be a formidable post presence. Square peg, round hole.

    1. chris43

      He’s def more of a stretch 4 than a 5. He has the talent but lacks confidence and plays timid a lot. We all knew the post was going to be a MAJOR issue coming into the season. I think our best shot tomorrow night is to play small ball, press like crazy, shoot 3’s (hopefully we’re burning the nets up and the rim is looking like the Atlantic!) and literally try to run them outta the gym. MSU is thin in the front court also but if Richards doesn’t play that makes our lack of bigs scary. I sincerely hope that I’m bad wrong but it’ll be a very tough game tomorrow.

  8. topcat1

    If you will recall, the coach belatedly, in fact very belatedly figured out that Skal was not a physical post player. Once he figured out that he was infinitely better facing the basket from 15 or 20 feet away, then Skal started to shine.

    In other words, some players mentally are not wired up to be physical, tough players. You can tell by EJ’s demeanor that he is one of those players.

    I know we need a post presence this year, and we desperately needed Kerry Blackshear, but if we are going to pin our hopes on EJ playing physical then I fear we are going to get the same result as with Skal L.

    Hopefully Cal can learn from his mistake.

    I am afraid that this is a case where, like Skal, the coach may not win the battle of wills, as he likes to say, “I’m not going to lose that battle. YOU will change, not me.”

    However, all is not lost. The option is to play small ball. Play EJ a max of 15-20 minutes if he’s not going to rebound or block shots, and loiter on the perimeter on offence. Give his minutes to Brooks who IS the fierce, physical, hustling type. I vote a hustling freshman Brooks over a laid back EJ.

    If EJ can in fact shoot, he may make a better pro than college player.

    But EJ, you gotta rebound while in the game. With your length you need to average 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. Hustle Hustle hustle.

    You can’t hide. You can’t avoid exposure.

    Don’t worry about point. Just go gobble up the rebounds and block out your man on defence. Interrupt and block some shots.

    1. Bluehender

      topcat, you nailed it.

  9. ColoradoCatFan88

    EJ was a below average player last season & unfortunately he is the exact same player this season. No improvements were made to his game. That falls on him & the amount of work, or lack thereof, he put in during the off season. It’s a shame too, because we desperately needed him to make a PJ-esque type jump & be one of the leaders of this team. Let’s just hope that Sestina & Brooks exceed expectations & make up for Richards & Montgomery.

  10. yoshukai

    Get a dictionary and look up the word ” enforcer” , then look up the word “opposite ” . That’s EJ’s game.