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In case you forgot, Cal wants to remind you this is a “players-first program”

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With only a few days left until the SEC Tournament, Cal wanted to take a minute to remind the BBN that Kentucky is a “players first program,” not a “player first program.” Just in case that’s clear enough, here’s his explanation:

That’s what “players first” is about. It isn’t “player first.” People don’t understand it’s plural.

During the season, we become one of the most efficient teams in the country every year. That means players are sacrificing and giving up some of themselves for the team. You don’t have 30-point scorers on my team. You have guys that score 30 in a game, but they don’t try to do it every game because they are playing for their team.

A great example is last year with Anthony Davis. He took the fourth-most shots and became the No. 1 pick. His stock rose as our stock rose.

Is your “Cal-loquial” bingo card full yet? Cal goes on to say that it’s taken some of his teams longer than others to “lose themselves in the team,” but when they do, the sky’s the limit. The post is your general run-of-the-mill Cal-speak, but I had a feeling he would post something after the USA Today article came out in which Rick Pitino insinuated that he didn’t form relationships with his players that go pro after a year.

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14 Comments for In case you forgot, Cal wants to remind you this is a “players-first program”



  1. Mr Obvious
    3:37 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    P1. Pitino 1st. That’s all there is.



  2. PlayersFirst
    3:38 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Cal’s the MAN, Pitino sucks and wishes he was a man!



  3. tyson
    3:43 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    Cal should have probably told some on this year’s team this before March 11…



  4. Pokey Champmen
    3:45 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I have Jag-off on my Cal-loquial bingo card. Next to it is a picture of Pitino.



  5. ArchiePasses
    3:46 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    #3, Cal probably did, doesn’t mean they listened! Teenagers have their own handbook for dealing with grownups!



  6. Hoboken_UK
    3:48 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I think this was written to Wiggins and Randle to reinforce the idea that all of these 5 stars can play on the same team.



  7. tyson
    3:54 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    #5 good point. i know i did.



  8. minton
    3:54 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    ……I like my team.



  9. Han
    4:00 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    The lack of teamwork on this team was never more apparent than when Archie, and even Mays, would be dribbling around, oblivious to a wide open Noel or WCS at the rim.



  10. Stan
    4:30 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    It only took Quickie Rickie 15 seconds to “form a relationship” with one of his coaches wives. BOOM,POW!!!!!!! Get your panties up and lock the door behind you Karen.Louisville should be proud of there coach,he sure is a example to point to. Screw you Rickie and the loserville fans.



  11. Fire Cal Soon
    5:09 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    This is to remind up all that it doesn’t matter if we make the NCAA’s! What is important is that all our undeserving players get their name called on Draft night! I can’t wait that’s truly what it’s all about!



  12. John B
    5:29 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I have ticket books for the SEC Tournament. Will sell for face value ($300ea.) They are good for all games. Section 328 Row E Seats 3,4,5,& 6. If interested please call John @ 270-646-0958.



  13. Jimbo
    6:28 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder who took the 5th most shots on ast years team…



  14. oldschool
    7:01 pm March 11, 2013 Permalink

    and I would like to remind you that Cal is a lying bastard and can’t coach. players first my ass. but then again I’m not really a UK fan so what do I know.