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11 responses to “John Calipari on Nick Richards: “He’s not the same player””

  1. original slappy

    3 boards? Against this competition? Get outta here with that crap. He had a 20-20 game last season too then disappeared.

    1. Parker_UKFanNC

      Reid had 14 and the ones Richard came down with were strong, two handed boards

  2. yodasgreendong

    I agree with slappy , to an extent. I think we should temper our expectations of Richards…for now. He did have that 20/20 game last year and everyone jumped on his wagon, and when he didn’t keep it up, we turned on him pretty badly, and it certainly got to him mentally. This was the first game of a season that really hasn’t started yet. He looked great tonight, way better than most of last year. I’m just saying we shouldn’t label him good to go just yet, let the game come to him. Him feeling pressured to be a beast is what likely messed with him last year.

    1. Wade

      I just want 12 points and 8 rebounds from the man each night or around that’s it for this yr and that’s achievable for both him and Reid together they should drop 24 and grab 16 boards. That’s fine with me bc there’s still ej to get 10 and 5

  3. bradbcats

    He did look better. I don’t want to be a debbie downer but he had 2 quick fouls. Im undecided on whether it was poor guard defense or not.

  4. tree_gardener

    They are going 40-0

  5. peaches76

    Yep…hype him up after one summer league scrimmage…typical

  6. UKfanman01

    Pretty sure last time I checked NONE of the haters in, or out of, BBN are on the team. Which means you suck a lot worse than Richards. I love how ignorant fans are putting this kid on blast because he had a good game. Then some wonder why recruits skip out. I’m not saying UK is losing a ton of recruits because of fans but dear God, this kid had a great game, give him credit when credit is due. When you make the roster or beat Richards in a one on one then you can talk smack. Until then stfu and hate on someone else

    1. Cokely53

      No one is putting the kid on blast. Dial it down a bit. People are just tired of the same old narrative. A kid has one good game and all of sudden he’s turned the corner and an All American. People are just saying slow down on hyping him until he’s shown more consistency.


    I was surprised at Reid’s “shell shock” early in the game. He was playing wide eyed and SOFT for a grown man. Hopefully his offensive game will come back, but at least he’s rebounding!

  8. jimmer

    Happy for Richards but pump the brakes. Let him have a good game without piling on huge expectations already. They didn’t have any comparable big man inside. And it’s just one exhibition game. Glad to see the potential but let’s back off heavy expectations for his sake.