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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Trust the Coach or Be a Fan?

“There’s a learning curve, there’s a galvanizing process that we have to go through and you know what? We’re going to have to be patient.”    -John Calipari

“So the process, this galvanizing process, the patience we’re going to need, we’re starting on Monday.”   -John Calipari

“Now the question is will we all have the patience? Will I have the patience? There’s no choice. It may be ugly early – and we’re playing good teams early.”    -John Calipari

I just read through Coach Cal’s press conference from a couple weeks ago and noticed certain trends.  And one of them is the word patience.  He preached patience several times, and I give you just 3 examples above.  Now, I feel like Calipari says that before every season, essentially because he has a young team every year.  It’s the obvious thing to say.  But following the 2012 national championship, that saw his team lose just 2 games all season, I think preaching patience when it comes to ultra-talented, young teams, rings a little hollow for some fans.  Despite having young teams every year, Cal’s teams have gone 15-0, 12-2, 14-1, and 9-4 in non-conference play.  That’s a combined 50-7 when his teams are their least experienced and playing some pretty stiff competition.  In fact, you can argue that Kentucky plays its toughest games in the non-conference schedule, seeing how poor the SEC has been outside of Florida for the past 4 years.  (No, I’m not giving Vandy credit for 2012)

And yet, facing the toughest teams on the schedule, Calipari’s teams have gone 50-7 in those games, with 4 of those losses coming last year.  So, my question is this: ARE YOU WILLING TO BE PATIENT?

And understand, when I say patience I mean one thing and one thing only: Losses.  Are you willing to lose multiple games before January, because that is what Calipari is trying to prep you for.  The idea that this team isn’t unbeatable.  Games against Michigan State, North Carolina, and Louisville are all completely loseable games.  So, as a fan, knowing that this team will likely be in the mix at the end of the season, can you be patient in December?  History shows us that Cal’s best teams can still win all or nearly all of their games.  What if this teams drops 2 or 3 though?  With the greatest collection of high school talent ever assembled, does this team get the same kind of expectations and leeway for early failures that the first 3 teams received? 

As a fan, there is no doubt you want to win every game.  And when everybody and their mother tells you the talent that UK has assembled should challenge 40-0 or lose maybe 1 or 2 games, there has probably been no season where fans come in more confident than this one.  But the coach doesn’t echo those feelings.  So, where do you go as a fan?  Do you take what the coach says and temper your expectations some, or stick with the ultra-confidence and face disappointment if the coach is right?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

23 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Trust the Coach or Be a Fan?

  1. bung
    9:05 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Does this include waiting another year for the coaches to learn the fast break?

  2. To KSR
    9:11 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Please hire some new writers and fast or shut this site down until mid August

  3. why the hate??
    9:13 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Why does everyone hate Brian the Intern so much??

  4. RahRah
    9:18 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Wondering how this ties in with Coach’s hopes of a perfect season?

  5. Michael F. Jox
    9:23 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    “there has probably been no season where fans come in more confident than this one”

    Not sure if you meant in the Cal era only or not, but either way, I disagree. I felt WAY more confident this time a couple yrs ago knowing that we had Doron, Terrence, and Darius all coming back, along with hearing just how special AD & MKG were going to be. And of course you can’t forget 1996 if you were talking any era. There wasn’t 1 UK fan I knew going into that season that didn’t believe it was our title to lose.

  6. Spark plug
    9:24 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not expecting a perfect season . There’s so many reasons why it’s never been done before .

  7. Matt Jones
    9:25 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    I am undergoing an intensive testosterone replacement therapy
    I will return even angrier, more turbulent and aggressive

  8. weekly calendar
    9:26 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    “… we’re starting on Monday.” -John Calipari

    if you start on Sunday you’ll get there that much faster

  9. PatienceIsGood
    9:37 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t care if they lose 20 as long as they win the last one.

  10. dr.atwilliams
    9:42 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    There is a reason for bringing up patience over and over and over. If we don’t win, Cal has an excuse, the “team” wasn’t patient and they will have to keep working on being patient. HOGWASH, I say there is no need for ‘patience’, you better get them stoked, fired-up, hungry, and aggressive starting right now. We don’t want another ho-hum basketball season waiting for another group of guys to be patient!

  11. Will
    9:44 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Cal isn’t just talking about being patient if we lose though. He’s talking about not being frustrated if we beat a team by 5-10 that we should blowout by 30. Most of our early games, even if they are wins, won’t be complete clinics. Any rational fan understands this.

  12. Jim
    9:44 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Wtf? Your site has been talking 40-0 for months

  13. Mike
    9:46 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Tired of the 40-0 talk. After last year and the NC year(even that team lost 2), why would we be so bold. This team isn’t going to be better than the NC year. I think we had better players coming back 2 yrs ago. Lets just take it one at a time and if we find ourselves in an undefeated position, then great. But, to sit here and have so many people talk 40-0 is absurd after last year. The chemistry last year sucked…I think our confidence should be tempered with such a young team…patience

  14. O T I S
    9:55 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    Even Matt Jones acknowledged that the first four titles were during racist era with white players only

  15. bung
    10:23 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    sober up Otis…it was the law back then…and even though it put ky at a disadvantage we beat the great Elgin Baylor team for one of those four…

  16. mudcreekmark
    10:27 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    6)Undefeated NCAA Champions:1956 San Francisco Dons(29-0) 1957 North Carolina (32-0)1964,67,72,73 UCLA all four times their record was 30-0 and the last undefeated team was Indiana in 1976 going 32-0.
    9)I was going to comment on your losing 20 games. But if they win their last game, you are right they would win the NCAA tourney no matter how many games they lose.
    14) So how many championships did your team win against all white teams? Oh, your team didn’t think it was fair so they didn’t try to win them. Right?

  17. bung
    10:33 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    we gotsa run mo betta than we been a doin or we keep losin those close games…

  18. Jordon W
    10:33 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    The way Cal has the program set up, it’d be near impossible to go 40-0 (which, let’s be serious, is impossible to do anyways without easy scheduling early and a lot of luck during the conference schedule). Kentucky is built to win in March. We want banners, not near meaningless milestones (how do you think the 2007-08 Patriots feel about their near perfect record?).

    But, BTI has it right: when Cal says “patience” he means “losses”. Maybe an even better euphemism, though is “expectations”. Even more than losses, early in the season: expect close games to sub-par teams; expect terrible outside shooting and missed free throws; expect the team not to play together. But, the flipside to that is expect that, come February, this team starts to dominate. If not, much like this year, you know that’s when we have a problem.

  19. Musehobo
    10:34 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    BTI’s Report Card

    Effort: C+
    Interesting: B+
    Organization: B
    Moral: A
    Length: A-

    Wow. A 3.2 for BTI. If you keep this up, I’m going to have to stop grading you.

  20. jumpman78
    10:34 am May 28, 2013 Permalink

    14. So what are you going to do idiot? Not acknowledge every championship ever won by any team of that era? Take them away it’s still UK 4 UofL 3.

  21. Bunny
    3:58 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    14 – take a pill you moron!

  22. Megan
    4:55 pm May 28, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t expect a perfect season. I expect 2 or 3 losses before conference play. It’s going to take time to become a true team. So we’re going to struggle against good, experienced teams early in the year.

    That’s cool. Because once Cal gets this machine going, ain’t nobody gonna get in our way. Julius Randle, btw, is gonna bring it. Hard.

    14 – You didn’t state your conclusion. The first four titles were won with all-white players, and therefore … what? Please explain. I don’t know what you’re trying to say.

    I heard a similar sentiment during an argument about which school had the best basketball program. Sagarin had calculated Kentucky all-time, and by a wide margin. But someone reasoned that the earlier wins, before integration, don’t really count. It wasn’t modern basketball or something. They wanted to consider only games in the modern era, which they conveniently chose to begin in 1980, I think (don’t remember if it was a Louisville or North Carolina fan). Thus the cherry-picking began.

  23. Soda Sullivan
    6:39 pm May 29, 2013 Permalink

    Losing early to Louisville is not an option.