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Notes from Calipari’s Press Conference and Today’s Podcast

While the KSR crew was taking boxing lessons, John Calipari met with the media for his pre-Auburn press conference.  Here are some of the notes from his meeting with the media, plus a great photo from the radio show this morning.

— “This could be a game where he comes out and says we’re playing zone from the tip.”

Cal called Auburn’s zone “a really good zone” and pointed out the Tiger’s speed at the guard position.

— Cal showed his players film from two Big Ten games today.

He showed them Victor Oladipo turning the ball over on Indiana’s final possession last night but recovering with a monster block; the other is is Trey Burke making a similar play for Michigan.

Cal said his guys hang their heads and jog back after turning the ball over, and that’s how you lose.

— Tony Barbee convinced Calipari to switch out on Marshall Henderson.

Barbee told him the night before the Ole Miss game to go back and watch the tape of the Auburn-Ole Miss and consider switching out on Henderson every play.  Kentucky did, without practicing it, and won the game.

— Cal is teaching life lessons.

For the first time in his career, Calipari isn’t watching game film with his team.  The assistants handle that.  He is working on teaching life lessons instead.  “I don’t want them to see me in a basketball sense right now,” he said.  “I’m just teaching life skills right now, that’s all.”

“I’m doing anything I can to try to get them to take that jump. But they all have to take it.”


— Members of the 1978 NCAA Championship team were in studio with KSR this morning.

Mike Phillips, James Lee, and Jack Givens were on KSR to reminisce back on the ’78 title run.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

26 Comments for Notes from Calipari’s Press Conference and Today’s Podcast

  1. Look Out Fireworks!
    5:15 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    And Matt wears a Michigan State hoody. Classy

  2. jpo
    5:18 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    1. uh.. what?

  3. me
    5:19 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Thats a respectable mustache

  4. ltylerj
    5:20 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    That’s Murray State…

  5. Roland
    5:28 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Mike Phillips got a bush under his nose and what looks like Joe Dirt haircut. Just a observation (just sayin)

    Mike, Always was a hard working player on that team.

  6. hersheyisabear
    5:32 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Not going to lie. I would love to have dipo on this team. Guy is a beast.

  7. finnegan
    5:35 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, your howdy-doody look really sticks out in that pic.

  8. Bobby
    5:37 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Any news on who is on campus for junior visits?

  9. Josh
    5:39 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Drew learn the difference between there and their.

  10. MSU Cat Fan
    5:55 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Love the Racers gear you’re wearing Matt! We’d love to have you back down heresometime this season. Only 4 home games left!

  11. Larry linebeard
    5:57 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Matt and his stupid Michigan state gear

  12. Gary
    6:06 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    That team was really physical for its time. Other coaches would whine about it. James Lee……best 6th man to play the game.

  13. BravoBigBlue
    6:14 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    That was a special team, much in the same way the 96 and 12 teams were. Joe B liked the power game and this team had it. Kyle Macy was the ingredient that put them over the top.

  14. Roland
    6:17 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    12, during that time, it was: Beat or be Beat.
    But the real unfunny thing was: for the time, it was mild considering what college basketball was b4.

    Anyone want to chime in about why college basketball players were/are called cagers?

  15. Ridge Runner
    6:27 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    12 & 14…the way Lee literally changed the game when he would enter was huge. Kyle Macy was like a professor at point. Yes, awesome team.

  16. Ridge Runner
    6:28 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    14, I don’t want to google it…so I have to admit I am curious. I should know at my age but I do not.

  17. Roland
    6:33 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    16, here is one answer:

    In the initial era of basketball as we know it, an out of bounds pass was awarded to the first person to possess it. Well, it didn’t take long for this rule to cause problems. Players were fighting for balls off of the court…fans were getting involved…and it was more like today’s pro wrestling than it was basketball. Well, like hockey, it was decided that it would be an improvement for fans if the court was “caged” with a fence, and the patrons were protected. The players eneded up playing in a “cage,” and thus the tag “Cagers” became a common term of endearment. Soon after the decision to “cage” the court came an even better one – to change the out of bounds rule altogether.

    Once the rule was changed, the fence was removed, and the “cagers” became a thing of the past. Now you know.”

    that’s not me talking:

  18. Roland
    6:36 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    here is another:
    “Because basketball was often played on dance floors and in social halls, wire cages were placed around the court to protect spectators who sat in chairs surrounding the court. (Think of how hockey boards surround a rink.) These wire cages caused numerous cuts and scrapes. Players rejoiced with the wire was replaced with rope netting. To this day, basketball players are still referred to as “cagers.”


  19. Cats in the NBA
    6:37 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    They should have replaced Matt with Macy in that picture.

  20. ukcatfan36
    6:37 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t they used to use a wire cage like apparatus instead of a net??…………..The 1978 team was great #1 most of the year but almost lost to Fla state (Hugh Durham) in the opening round of the NCAA in Knoxville–they also beat a great Mich State team with MAgic in the mideast regional final that year–Great memories!!

  21. Roland
    6:46 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    What I had heard was the fences were put up to PROTECT the players from the fans.

  22. Murray State Sports Report
    7:41 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    The long awaited site changes will take place. KSR is now MSSR.

  23. EC
    8:17 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    All those guys look great. Today’s show brought back a lot of memories. I became Cat fan in 1975 when these guys were freshmen. Wish I could be there tomorrow.

  24. BhtxcatfanRdsweat
    9:29 pm February 8, 2013 Permalink

    Many thanks for the picture of Mike, James and Jack. All Kentucky Baketball legends and a truly special team bad ass team. Year of the Cat!

  25. RobCary
    10:18 am February 9, 2013 Permalink

    That ’78 team was physical and a lot of coaches and other team’s fan complained bitterly. No one was tougher than James Lee and Rick Robey. Both were monsters and didn’t back up from anyone. When James came off the bench everyone in the gym knew he was going to drive and dunk the ball and if you were in front of him, tough!!! That person wound up in the seats. An awesome dunker that could get the crowd into a frenzy. Loved to watch this bunch play.

  26. DantheCat
    11:26 am February 9, 2013 Permalink

    What??…Couldn’t Rick Robey get permission from his master Tom Jurich to be a part of this experience??