While Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis continue to dominate the headlines for their impressive play, a lot of talk after the win over Tennessee centers around Doron Lamb. For the second game in a row, Lamb did not start, a move which Calipari says was intended to light a fire under the sophomore sharpshooter:
“He’s doing OK. I mean, he needs to be better. Needs to be better. You’ve got a scoring guard that, there’s no one in this league that’ll say ‘Leave him alone.’ So when he’s out there, they’ve got to play him, which opens up the court for everybody else. … I’m bringing him off the bench just to make him fight for the spot. Fight. You want to start? Fight for it.”
Lamb made only one of seven shots yesterday, finishing with four total points, the fewest since his two-point performance against Arkansas last season. Earlier this season, Calipari called Lamb the “best player on the team,” and at times, Lamb looked absolutely unstoppable; however, in the new year, Lamb has struggled, with Cal questioning his effort in practice and in games.
Are we making mountains out of molehills again? Did Lamb just have a bad game? How do you think he will respond to Calipari’s challenge?