The news coming out of Newtown, Connecticut is sickening. If you haven’t heard, 24-year-old Adam Lanza went into an elementary school this morning and fired off around 100 rounds, killing close to 30 people, most of them children. Lanza is believed dead. There are no words for a tragedy like this, and I speak for all of us when I say our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Newtown. What is the world coming to?
— How do you even transition to basketball news after that? Cal met with the media today to preview the Cats’ game against Lipscomb tomorrow, and it sounds as though the week between games has been a productive one. Cal said that yesterday’s practice was the most fun he’s had in months. It was so fun that “Alex smiled for the first time this season.”
— It hasn’t been all fun and games this week. Cal said that he’s making the team hold each other accountable for their mistakes by running suicides. If a player messes up in practice, the whole team has to run. They ran as many as twenty suicides in practice this week. Just writing that made me tired.
— One player Cal says his team should look up to is Marquis Teague. Cal said he spoke to Teague last night and complimented him on his work ethic. The Bulls’ GM told Cal that Teague has basically been living in the practice facility in Chicago, going at least three times a day, something which he wishes his players would start doing:
“Be a gym rat. You have nothing else going on. You have nothing else going on. Why wouldn’t you be in the gym five times a day? We go three, you go two more. Why wouldn’t you? ‘Well, I got video games to watch and I like to watch a little TV and some reruns of the SquarePants. I got some stuff I got to watch. So I can’t be in there.’ I just don’t understand what would keep you from being in there and just saying, ‘This is what I do. I love this.’”
— Jarrod Polson is listening. Cal singled Jarrod out as one player who used to never go to the gym, but has spending all of his extra time there lately. The result? “He’s not the same player.”
— One problem that still plagues this squad is silence. Cal said this is the quietest team he’s had, and that’s a problem: “If a team is a quiet team — even though those kids are good kids — they don’t understand that’s being selfish. They don’t know. ‘I passed the ball.’ It’s not about that. You’re into your own thing if you’re not communicating with your team.”
— Who’s the most competitive player on the team? If you ask Archie Goodwin, it’s Archie Goodwin. “If [the other players] told you that they were, they’re lying, because I’m the most competitive person on this team.” Archie also said he finishes first in every sprint, but isn’t very vocal, choosing instead to lead by example. Speak up, Archie!
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