Football has dominated the conversation today, but John Calipari did meet with the media for about fifteen minutes to preview this weekend’s matchup with Ohio State in Brooklyn. Here’s a brief recap of what he said before we Dawson madness.
Skal is on the Jorts path
Labissiere is currently going through extra conditioning before practice, which Calipari compared to the extra work Josh Harrellson put in mid-year in 2010-2011. Like Josh, because of that extra work, Cal said he expects Skal to take a step back before moving forward.
“We’re trying to do a little bit of what we did with Josh, where he’s doing extra training before and it kind of buries you. So he probably will take that step back before he starts taking steps forward, similar to Josh, but he’s going to do fine.”
Marcus Camby might come down to help Skal
On the teleconference this morning, Cal mentioned that he’s thinking of asking his former player Marcus Camby to come help Skal out. When Jerry Tipton asked him if he was serious about that, Cal said absolutely.
“I was. I was. And I talked to Skal about it. When you’re a big kid and you’ve never been through this and you don’t have a whole lot of weight and it starts to overwhelm you and it starts to play on you. Marcus went through that. Now, it took him the good part of two years, and then in his third year he was in his own and did his thing. And it’s a different time and age right now, where it’s like, ‘okay, you have six months.’ It shouldn’t be that way, they shouldn’t think in those terms, but they all do. Not just Skal. They all do.”
Camp Cal has already started
“Camp Cal” traditionally starts after the Louisville game, but Cal said they’ve already started two-a-days at the Joe Craft Center.
“We’ve already started, which I’ve never done. Well, I did back in the day when I was nuts. Normally, I’ll wait. But this team needs to start now and start refocusing, needs to get extra work in.”
Tai Wynyard is excited to be here
The New Zealand power forward arrived on campus this morning and on today’s teleconference, Calipari didn’t rule out playing him Saturday against Ohio State. I had to smile when I heard Cal describe how excited Tai was to be here.
“He was so excited,” Cal said. “He was hitting his leg, he hugged. He was happy to be here. He just wants to be a part of it. I don’t know what that will mean right away, or what it will mean this year. But you know me, if he’s going to help us win, he’s going to be on that floor.”
Cal made a joke
When Jerry Tipton asked whether or not sports psychologist Bob Rotella met with Skal Labissiere, Cal joked that no, he spent all his time with Cal instead.
“He mostly met with me, Jerry,” Cal quipped. “Because after he meets with me for about two hours, Bob goes back to Charlottesville, meets with his psychiatrist.”