This morning, John Calipari appeared on “CBS This Morning” to discuss his new book, “Players First,” and finally reveal those tweaks he made in the postseason that resulted in UK’s amazing run. For the past month, we’ve all been trying to guess what the tweaks were, and it turns out, most of us were right. Cal said that he made Andrew focus on passing the ball more as opposed to shooting.
I was trying to make the game easier for Andrew Harrison, my point guard, and I got tapes of Deron Williams, who averaged nine assists throughout his career, and he had a game where he had 11 assists, and I showed Andrew, I said, ‘look at this, let’s watch. Would you have passed or shot?’ He said, ‘I would have shot.’ Would you have passed or shot? Well, Deron was throwing balls to everybody.
And so, I said, ‘Monday, you will not shoot one basketball. You will pass, we’re gonna run these plays, you will create shots. We will chart, we’re not telling our team.’ He comes in, he has 26 assists attempts, 21 assists that Monday, I’m mad the whole practice because it changed our team. Why didn’t I do it earlier?? And then I apologized to him, I apologized to the team and I said, ‘I screwed this up, make me look good now.’
Raise your hand if you guessed that. Thought so.