What did John Calipari think of last night’s Blue/White game?
I’ll let him tell you. Here’s his opening statement during the postgame press conference:
“I would tell you that we really have a long way to go. We were a great defensive team by the end of last year. Led the nation in a lot of categories. People were scoring half the buckets. We stopped playing. We don’t rotate, we don’t scramble, just an okay rebounding team. Other than that, I guess we played pretty good defense.
Offensively, we still haven’t figured it out yet, but I’m trying to get guys to play a certain way and they’re trying. But it’s the first time out. We’ve scrimmaged this year 12 minutes before that scrimmage. We have so much to do to create habits. We really haven’t been able to scrimmage, and it kind of showed.
But I’m not worried about it. There were some lessons and there will be some stuff I’ll be able to show them to make a point of what we’re trying to do. Some things were okay. First time out, Willie started really good. Nerlens hurt his back but finished the game.”
We’ll have more from Coach Cal this afternoon when he takes questions at SEC Media Day.