When you think of the best UK teams under John Calipari (2010, 2012, 2015), they all have one thing in common: according to Cal, they never had a bad practice. Today, Calipari said this team may be on that path because they haven’t turned in a bad practice yet.
“The last two practices were – this reminds me of a couple of the teams that we have not, to this date, we have not had a bad practice. There have been times where I walk in there and say, it’s now February and we have yet to have a bad practice. And those teams were those teams that were like, ‘ooh.'”
Like what, Cal?
What makes Calipari say “ooh” about this squad?
“They’re really skilled, so you can share,” Cal said. “Second thing, their minds think quick. They can see stuff and recognize quickly. If you have to process — okay the ball’s coming to me, I think this guy’s going to be open, let me try — you can’t play the way we’re playing. It’s hard to figure that out until you coach a guy. There are guys I’ve had that you have to know that’s who they are, okay, they’re going to play a little different. But when you put five guys with nimble minds that are skilled, that’s when you get [random noises, fast gestures].”
Random noises, fast gestures?
Yup, that’s exactly what we do.