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Calipari says the team already has leaders, meshing quicker than he imagined

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You know John Calipari’s feeling good about his team when he calls up Andy Katz to leak a few tidbits. Cal recently told Katz that he already knows who his leaders are going to be this season, Dakari Johnson has been impressive, and the group is meshing quicker than he thought they would:

1. Kentucky coach John Calipari said he can already tell who his leaders may be for the upcoming season. Calipari said freshman Julius Randle and the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, “are going to be the leaders.” He said Randle has already proven in summer workouts just how much of an impact he’ll have for the Wildcats. Calipari added freshman center Dakari Johnson has been the surprise so far and is producing at a higher clip than the Wildcats thought. What does this mean? “(Sophomore) Willie (Cauley-Stein) is going to have work for it,” said Calipari about his returning big man getting challenged for minutes. Meanwhile, the other high-profile returnee, forward Alex Poythress isn’t being asked to be a leader for Kentucky. “I just need him to play,” said Calipari, “just play. He’s not going to be a guy who stands up and tells people where to go. He’s not that vocal. He just needs to play. Our leadership will come from one of those freshmen.” Calipari said he’s been impressed with the overall chemistry of this group, meshing quicker than he imagined.

That last line has me laughing like Johnny Gold Chainz:

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13 Comments for Calipari says the team already has leaders, meshing quicker than he imagined



  1. MrWildcat
    10:50 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Good news considering that cal never says anything positive about his teams other then he likes them



  2. Harrison's
    10:54 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    How are we leading the team when we still live in Texas with our parents?



  3. MrWildcat
    10:55 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    Theyve been in on some weekends



  4. stig1115
    10:57 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    What was funny about the last line? I must have missed it…



  5. AnthonyBBN
    10:59 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    This makes me feel tingly inside.



  6. MrWildcat
    11:13 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    But he never ever says they mesh. All he ever says is that he likes his team



  7. dear God this moron is back
    11:15 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    I see UK Freshman is back to troll once again, get a job, a life, go to school, college? Do something with your pathetic life



  8. theSkinny81
    11:16 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    6 – I’ve seen a gradual decline in the quality of your trolls. Now you just look desperate.



  9. theSkinny81
    11:17 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    My bad, #6, not you.



  10. MrWildcat
    11:22 am August 7, 2013 Permalink

    @9 I know it was UK Freshman, his comment was removed



  11. The Twins
    12:18 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    How can you lead when you haven’t been meshing and bonding with your teammates?

    “Calipari said he’s been impressed with the overall chemistry of this group, meshing quicker than he imagined.” Is that because the Twins haven’t been around?



  12. The Twins
    12:19 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    How do you lead and mesh with your teammates when you haven’t been around for most of the summer?



  13. k2da
    7:38 pm August 7, 2013 Permalink

    I hope the twins make me eat my feet cause I had a bad feeling about them since the first time I saw them play. I said Gordon would never play with those two…and I got moderated.smh.!