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Sports Illustrated on Kentucky Finding Their Identity

Only a few months removed from the program’s eighth national title, Kentucky finds themselves with a roster filled with many unfamiliar faces.  While this is nothing new for John Calipari, his newest team must be able to find their identity in order to be successful on the floor.  An important thing about this year’s squad finding their own identity is not getting caught up on the past successes of teams who have come before.  Sports Illustrated wrote an interesting piece on Kentucky’s newest batch of players and the path’s that they will all individually have to take in order to come together as a team.  There were multiple interviews conducted with players and they responded on what it will take for them to become the best they could possibly be.

 

Nerlens Noel on finding his identity and making a comparison to last year’s team.

We know who we are as individuals and that’s what we focus on.  We know what we’re going to do this year, and we know what they did last year. We’re just looking forward to doing the best we can to get another championship.”

 

Freshman, Archie Goodwin, on his conversations with past players and expectations going into the season.

“But they also said not to live up to the expectations of last year’s team. We’re two different teams. They were a great team and we’re trying to do things just like they did, but at the same time we’re our own team and we don’t even know how good we are yet.”

 

A big part of winning in sport is unifying with teammates to accomplish a common goal.  And judging from the comments and humble nature of Kentucky’s players and coaches it’s easy to see that last year’s glory is old news.  Will humility and raw talent translate to on the court performance?  Hard to tell for sure.  But, if talent merges with work ethic like it has in years past it could be another special year in Lexington.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

13 Comments for Sports Illustrated on Kentucky Finding Their Identity



  1. reality Check
    4:03 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    when does the pre game show start?



  2. WildcatBanks
    4:04 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    What year is Mays?



  3. Rick
    4:28 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    What the hell are you doing posting? I thought this was Nick Roush day?



  4. Linda Taylor
    4:36 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    2 – Senior.



  5. Duke sucks
    5:26 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Polson is the best guard off the bench. Kid has got a lot better and will see some meaningful time this year. Wiljer has been greatly overlooked. He will lead this team in scoring.



  6. Nutsacc in Long Beach
    5:38 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    @5 I agree, I thought Polson looked good last night…I hope he has a great season.



  7. meg
    6:25 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    I love Archie:) burrburrburr



  8. theSkinny81
    6:33 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    5 – and thats why you arent the coach of Kentucky…..



  9. Duke Sucks
    7:40 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    #8 since you are good enuff to coach UK. What guard on the bench is better then Polson?



  10. Louisville Fan
    8:00 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah you all will remember this team, remember them as the team that got beat by 35 against the Cards! Siva’s experience and Behanan’s superior talent is more than the CheatingCats can handle.



  11. Duke Sucks
    8:01 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    Further more #8 if you listened to the man who does coach UK. You would have heard him say his top 6 where set. That Mays,Hood, and Polson would have to compete for the 7 spot. Do you Realy think the other 2 are playing better then Polson. There is no use to hate on a kid who has worked his ass off to put his self in a spot for a little PT. He will not star or play major minutes, but he WILL see some meaningful minutes like he did against North Carolina his freshman year.



  12. theSkinny81
    11:05 pm October 13, 2012 Permalink

    i love our guys as much as the next, and while i realize Polson is a solid player – you watched a scrimmage. Long and Malone looked good too.



  13. Duke Sucks
    12:53 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    I know it was a scrimmage I agree that you can tell nothing from a scrimmage I’m going on what the players have been saying, and how he played in his freshman year mainly against NC where he played some key minutes. I’m not saying he will be great all I’m saying is he looks to be the best guard on the bench. Mays may be better then I give him credit for. I guess the season will tell.