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Calipari to Hold Pre-Practice Workouts with Poythress

As was recently tweeted by KSR’s founder, Matt Jones, John Calipari is to hold pre-practice workouts with Alex Poythress “until he gets where he should be.”  This is coming off the heels of his worst performance of the season where he only played 15 minutes.

 

 

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

50 Comments for Calipari to Hold Pre-Practice Workouts with Poythress



  1. Stigall
    11:01 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe have Cauley work on his conditioning. He was gassed yesterday. Make the whole team run every time Alex loafs



  2. nassau65
    11:01 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Bring that young man around Cal! He can be an absolute beast, and we need that from him.



  3. UK Homer
    11:03 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Hope they help! Need him ready by March. If nothing else, this season is making me more grateful for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. I still think we can look to the latter for inspiration this time around.



  4. Wildcat79
    11:08 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Come on Alex, you know your better then that! I look forward to watching you turn it around and become the lion that you are. On a different note, what the hell is Mitch McConnell discussing Tom jurich and uofl on the senate floor for? Do they have nothing better to do, like keeping my taxes for going up or trying to take our country in the right direction. I’m getting sick of our political leaders who aren’t doing enough because they feel like we owe them. Wrong answer they owe us!



  5. Cal says
    11:08 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    What I mean is I don’t want your butt back next year. You gotta man up & get out.



  6. JamesFlames
    11:08 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    And this is why Cal gets paid the big bucks….And we WILL be playing in Catlanta, post-season.



  7. MHFaulkner
    11:12 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Welcome to Cal’s doghouse.



  8. Delk for 3
    11:14 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Alex is just a case of having an inflated self-image about his basketball game. He just thinks he’s good enough to be a pro already and the truth of the matter is that he is very far removed from having any guarantee of landing on an NBA roster next season. He is just a freshman who thought he was better than he really is. He is no different from a lot of freshmen. Think about all of the freshmen we have seen at UK over our lifetimes. Many of them don’t pan out until later in their career at UK. I think it is pretty apparent that Alex will be back next season as I truly don’t see him going in the first round this year.



  9. Cat
    11:17 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Come on Alex! There is a heart of a Lion inside that Lamb of a performance. You’re better than that! The choice is yours. Be satisfied with where your game is or choose to take the action necessary to change it.



  10. Bonkrshr
    11:17 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress is very young, and very bright. This kid is not a prima donna. Made excellent grades, while working a job and becoming Mr Basketball…
    This idea that he is lazy is ridiculous and should stop this instant…
    This is the growing pains of a freshman…
    Part of the joy is seeing them grow… then seeing them go…
    He has to figure it out… then watch out!..



  11. Catlogic15
    11:20 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    He’ll go in the top ten. Weak class.

    And can anyone come up with a descriptive word besides “beast”.



  12. Cat
    11:20 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    #10, Well said!



  13. Who cares
    11:22 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Pothress can’t even dribble. For those that think he’s going to “come around,” you’re dreaming. How can you be a “beast” of a college basketball player without possessing the simple fundamentals of dribbling, not passing across the court and turning it over, getting back on defense, boxing out, etc. The kid has no idea of how to play the game. Just a big, athletic built guy that thinks he’s good enough to score on anyone, and he can’t. You’re not in high school anymore, Alex. Grow up and stop pouting every time Cal criticizes you.



  14. tdogg40330
    11:22 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    8) its a long long way until March, I wouldn’t bet on that just yet.



  15. Rosie
    11:31 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Come on Alex, we are all pulling for you! Believe!!!



  16. E Cat
    11:32 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Aside from lacking a consistent motor and being tentative, I think Alex has an identity crisis. And the coaches might not be sure exactly how to use him. Seems he would be most effective posting up, but he doesnot have any post moves yet. He can be a slasher, but I am alarmed at how bad his handle is (big issue at next level). That said, I am confident he will improve and help us do well in SEC.



  17. In Cal We Trust
    11:32 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    I hope he responses like Harrow did to Cals coaching.



  18. Bradley
    11:35 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    8. Every ounce of your post is false. He’s actually a very quiet, passive kid who has no clue how good he can be. I like the pre practice workouts from Cal. Alex will get it now or he’ll become a pre practice track star.



  19. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    11:37 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe it would be good for them to give him someone he should model his game after. Also, it may help if they can put a highlight tape of his good plays together to reinforce what he can do.



  20. Troy
    11:37 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Mays played 35 minutes…..

    Mays is a nice bench player who should get 10-15 minutes a game, but the BULK of the backcourt minutes should be between Goodwin and Harrow. Mays has no more upside. He can’t shoot, is slow, over weight, and under sized. He gives his all, but when he plays, it’s 4 on 5 on offense. I’d give Polson more minutes.



  21. Troy
    11:40 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    #8 – I agree with what you’re saying, but the NBA pre-draft projections till him have as a top 10 pick, and for the life of me, I can’t understand why.



  22. TampaCat
    11:41 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    A little bit of “tough love” never hurts!



  23. Ted Gum
    11:44 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress is a thug. I hope he
    quits the team.



  24. Big Whoop
    11:46 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    This is the best news all season, except for recruiting news. I make no effort at trying to figure out what this kid is thinking and I don’t think anyone else can either. If Cal can’t get it out of him, I’m not sure who can. Alex leads the team in the following: FG% (64.3%), 2nd in 3ptFG% (46.2%), 2nd in Offensive Rebounds (29). On the other hand, only Beckham and the others who don’t play have fewer assists and his assist/turnover ratio is 0.2. He’s 3rd on the team with fouls with 29. Scoring is his best attribute, but he has only taken 98 shots.

    It is clear his problem is not in his ability, but rather in his head.



  25. think again
    11:47 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    #8 Apparently you haven’t followed the NBA Draft the last 10 years. 95% of it is potential. Poythress has that for sure. If he just turns up the motor, he will be a first rounder and gone.
    #20 Mays is not shooting the ball well. That’s true. Polson? You must be from Jessamine Co. Mays plays well on defense while Polson is a smaller version of Wiltjer (matador defense), although Polson can’t score. Nothing against Polson, I like his effort, but playing Polson over Mays is crazy.



  26. RealCatsFan
    11:51 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Sometimes we Cats fans have such a short memory. Doesn’t anyone remember Terrence Jones going through similar growing pains? He was totally ineffective during the IU game when we needed him most, but he emerged from his funk to become a force and to be a key factor in raising #8. By the end of January, look for Alex to be asserting himself and all of these comments being a distant memory.



  27. tickle
    11:53 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    what’s the lowdown on beckham? is he still injured?



  28. RealCatsFan
    11:54 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    #23 – “thug”? Really? SMH – Alex has never shown an ounce of attitude that could be described as “thug”. If anything, he needs a little more of that kind of attitude. My guess is that you are a bird fan troll.



  29. Goodbye Ted Gum
    11:56 am December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Gosh #23-Thanks for playing but don’t post again here, ok?



  30. hendoblue
    12:04 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    #23- define thug. you’re an idiot if you think he should quit the team. #24-well said. it’s mental and the pre-practice workouts will help.



  31. JamesFlames
    12:10 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    #23….Went to Cal’s coaches clinic in October. Alex is the farthest thing from a thug. He was like a big teddy bear with his teammates. Not Demarcus Cousins teddy bear….Teddy Ruxpin teddy bear.



  32. Ridge Runner
    12:27 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    23 = idiot



  33. CPACAT
    12:37 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Is it just me or does he look and play just a little too much like Richard “the Master Blaster” Madison, who was also from West Tennessee. Think he averaged about 5 points per game as well. Always on the verge of breaking out, but never quite getting there.



  34. Laksodecatsfan
    12:48 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    31) you mean not like Booke aka Ted from the movie Ted? Cousins was a loveable guy who when pissed would play his ass off! We need that from AP!



  35. Catmandoo
    12:49 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress played 15 minutes and had 7 points and 5 rebounds If Cal plays him 30 minutes and he does what he did with his 15 minutes he has a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.



  36. Delk for 3
    12:55 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    18 — Did I ever say he was loud and aggressive kid? No. I said he thinks he’s better than he really is. If he didn’t he’d be diving on the floor for loose balls, working his tail off for rebounds, and playing defense really hard. Until he starts to do those things he will be seen by me as someone who thinks he’s better than having to hustle for playing time.

    25 — I watch the draft every year. While it is largely based on potential, the common thread (unless you are a 7-footer) among most of the picks is that they can flat-out ball. Believe what you want, but I have every right to think Alex will not be a first-round pick at the rate he’s on. Alex is light years behind Chane Behanan at this point.

    26 — The difference is that Terrence Jones showed way more ability as a freshman than Alex has to this point. Terrence could attack the hoop off the dribble with a fearsome ability that most big kids like him don’t possess. Alex certainly does not have the dribbling ability to do what Terrence could do. If he does, he certainly hasn’t shown it yet.



  37. SLINGBLADE
    1:02 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Alex is a good kind young man always thinking of others…and that’s the problem. He resists coaches plees to be rough tough and more agressive. He is having trouble resolving this conflicting messages from authority figures. Alex, I feel your pain..It’s a game young man.. no one is going to judge you for you actions on the court. You must develope an alter ego that plays basketball, and crushes your opponent. The other guy is trying to crush you, and you know he is not a bad person, you always shake thier hand after the game. Alex lives your life…Alexander the Great plays ball.



  38. mudcreekmark
    1:05 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    I think the problem with most of these freshmen is their basketball I.Q.’s. Goodwins is zero. Poythress is not far ahead. Players with a high BB I.Q. can see plays develop before they develop. This is why we see Goodwin running over people. Harrow penetrating and having no one roll to the basket. Its also why you see no back cutting when someone is overplaying our guys and different things like that.This is why our offense looks so out of sort.



  39. Kelly
    1:17 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress reminds me of Harrison Barnes his freshman year. Took him awhile to get it together but once he did was one of the best players in the country



  40. Big Blue 66
    1:29 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    delk for 3, maybe its the opposite, maybe this kid has came into D1 big time ball and its not as easy for him now and hes lost his confidence. I think thats more likely the situation.



  41. Smackcat
    1:33 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    He’s probably not had to play real hard and could still dominate in HS. Not gonna happen in high Div I basketball. He’ll be fine. Seems all the bigs aren’t real sure where to be on offense. With Noel & WCS we should be getting the insta-lob going. Maybe now that Harrow has arrived that will happen.



  42. Sammydog
    2:08 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    The sky is the limit for this team. To almost knock off the favorite for the NC on national TV in their arena with a chip on their shoulder, a great coach, a deep experienced team with seasoned talent,a final four team, should not be underestimated. I don’t understand the bitching.
    We made a ton of freshman mistakes and the offense looked ragged at times. We missed a ton of free throws and we still almost knocked off the next supposed NC on their court playing their best game of the season. Really, people! Get a grip.



  43. Bonkrshr
    2:19 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Behanan is not a freshman…and he struggled mightily last year at times
    Louisville while I hate them is to be given kudos
    They played tough aggressive D
    They’re experienced…
    And they’ve all been on the big stage
    Our kids wilted a bit in the middle 20 minutes and couldn’t match the intensity
    As far as the nba draft… If it were all about being able to ball, jimmer fredette would have been the overall number 1 pick… No doubt he could ball… But his ceiling in the nba is not high



  44. Scott
    3:29 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Not giving up on him yet .. maybe he’s not a one & done. Have him grow into the role in 2-3 years is fine by me.



  45. bluristhurr
    3:51 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    #26 Jones only had a bad couple game and Poythress has only had a couple good games. Sit back and wait tell next year BBN we’ll take it all again. The way it looks we’ll have Poythress back no way any team takes him in the lottery. He needs to get more aggressive in every aspect and practice on bring the ball up, two thing Jones did well from the start.



  46. Viren
    4:45 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    Cal knows what buttons to push. He pushed the right one with the likes of DeAndre Liggins, Josh Harrelson, and Terrance Jones. I know he will do the same with Alex Poythress.



  47. JBR
    6:20 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    He needs a psychiatrist, not extra practice.

    And #1, you are an idiot. WCS was exhausted because he left it all on the floor. If you watched how he played every possession, you may understand why he was exhausted.



  48. kingrex
    6:36 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    too late as far as I am concerned. Bennett already picked UNLV



  49. BravoBigBlue
    6:53 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    42 – Don’t get too carried away based on yesterday’s game. We played like crap for about half the game and still only had about 3 guys playing ball that made the score respectable. This team has a long way to go. And unless they develop real team chemistry, they won’t be that good in March. Im’ hopeful, too, but skeptical.



  50. 3 fan
    10:40 pm December 30, 2012 Permalink

    27 Beckham not good enough to play

    47, #1 is spot on. WCS has to be able to go all out and not get taken out of the game to get air. How many minutes Goodwin play? Noel? Did you see them gassed? And out of breath will affect FT shooting

    Poythress is he biggest disappointment a this stage of his career as Rob Lock and Richard Madison