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John Calipari on how the NCAA’s new rule changes will affect Kentucky


Earlier this month, the NCAA announced two rule changes for the upcoming season: the three-point line will move to the international distance of 22 feet, 1¾ inches and the shot clock will reset to 20 seconds after an offensive rebound. On today’s SEC Summer Basketball Teleconference, John Calipari weighed in on how those changes will affect Kentucky’s style of play.

“I think they are good,” Cal said of the rule changes. “I like the reset to 20 [seconds]. The game will be faster. I like the three-point line spreading out because the teams that – I’m not a big proponent of shooting 40 threes [per game], and if you are, that percentage is going to go down now. I think it’ll make the game more about movement and spacing and open up the lane a little bit more. I think it’s all good. But, you know, it’ll play out and I just, like I said, for young kids to say, ‘That line’s moving back and we’ll shoot the same percentage,’ I just don’t see it happening. I think percentages will come down and now, as a coach, you’ve got to make a choice: are we going to shoot that many threes or are we going to be more of a driving, lane-touch kind of team?”

Calipari said he’s already started to prepare his guys for the changes by encouraging them to play more pick-up games to hone their instincts.

“The one thing I’m trying to get these guys to do – too much individual work. We need more pick-up basketball. We need more movement. We need more spacing. We need more chemistry. They need to play. There’s no arms on the cone. There’s also just you and a guy. Well, guess what, the game has changed. You need to know what you’re going to do with that ball before you catch it. That means you’ve got to play. So, we’re trying to play more pick-up basketball.”

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8 responses to “John Calipari on how the NCAA’s new rule changes will affect Kentucky”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    I am not sure I would have thought more pick up ball was the answer.

    1. Matt10

      I’ll tell you why. The game is the best teacher. Same in basketball as it’s the same in soccer. It’s why the USA is the best in the world at bball…they grow up with pick up bball. It’s why Europeans are better at soccer. They grow up playing pick up soccer. Cal’s a smart guy. You teach ‘em the skills and habits and let them play the game. So simple but the hardest to do.

    2. IrishCat

      The best way to learn the game is to play the game.

  2. TOMCATS1990

    Trust CAL he knows what he is doing

    1. Smyrna_Cat

      But of course.

  3. makeitstop

    Well first he can’t run practices yet… and u can’t learn the speed, and size and twitch of ur teammates, the little things that let u know when they’re moving and where, how high they can go up, where they can extend, how fast they can get a shot off, can they control a pass that’s hot or low, their closing speed, how to run off their pick, unless u play w man on u and a man on them. They aren’t playing at the Y, they’re playing w past players in for the summer and other athletes. Lace ‘em up and play! (Just don’t get hurt!)

    1. mashburnfan1

      Exactly, this time of year he can’t coach them. When Pelphrey was at UF I got to see UF do some of these scrimmages. No coaches were present but they did have team guys there, maybe team managers. They basically ran the scoreboard but was fun to watch the scrimmages.

  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

    Now poor Ashton will never hit a 3.