John Calipari’s tone has changed quite a bit from last night to today. Yesterday the buzzword being thrown around after his press conference was that he had guys on his team who were “uncoachable.” Today, Calipari seems to have backtracked a bit on those statements, and wants everyone to know he still believes in his team and he believes in its fight.
“I believe in this team if our players will compete and battle, which they have the ability to do. I’ll say this again: Confidence is from within, it’s developed through hard work and demonstrated performance during games. They have showed it in spurts this week, but no one is going to give us anything. We are going to have to earn it and fight for it, which I believe we can do.”
Calipari talks about all of the things this team has been through this season, starting with Ryan Harrow’s sickness to the recent injury to Nerlens Noel. He asks, “why wouldn’t we fight back when we’ve battled so hard all year to put ourselves in a position where we can still do some special things?” Calipari says that this team can still “write our own story.”
Calipari then addressed his comments about some of his players being uncoachable. Cal said that he may say these things publicly, but he refuses to believe that in his heart because he still believes these guys can change.
Calipari ended his post on CoachCal.com with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”