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Cal thinks Alex’s progress is what his program is all about



After the game, Calipari raved about the growth of Alex Poythress, who finished the game with 9 points and 4 rebounds in 19 minutes.

“I was so proud of Alex, and he started the game shaky. He still doesn’t believe in himself as much as we do. We talked about it as a team. And everybody’s like ‘you were unbelievable today,’ that’s who he is. He came to the middle, he shot that shot we want. He missed a jumper, so what? We just want him to play and go. He can do it now because he can breathe, he’s in shape. He now can think because he’s not trying to ‘ugh’.”

Cal said that this was Alex’s best game defensively, and that his progress is what his program is all about:

“I told him yesterday walking off, I am so proud of him because that’s what we’re about. That’s what I hope my staff and you guys understand. It’s about guys like Alex making that climb and becoming the player they can become and knowing that we’re pushing you, but we’re giving you room to go do your thing.”\


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7 Comments for Cal thinks Alex’s progress is what his program is all about

  1. SEC_RoadShow
    7:19 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

    Nice lunchroom table for SEC visiting coaches of basketball teams. Do you put sheets with logos on the wall for football? Lots of respect for Vandy by the way..I remember Jan Van Breda Kolff, his dad Butch, and spankings we did not expect, home and away. That’s SEC.. take a win on the road when you get it.

  2. bluetooth
    7:34 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

    if we could get alex at 12 ppg and 9 rpg we are in

  3. Shooter
    7:36 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

    Coach Cal !!!!!!!!!! A true good guy!!!!

  4. Kevin C.
    7:41 pm January 11, 2014 Permalink

    I still don’t get all the AP love, yet WC-S is MUCH more improved, and hardly gets a mention all season. Maybe it’s because Cal knows AP has a bigger confidence problem than Willie, but he still should be getting props for his amazing growth.

  5. ==== PIX2CLICK ====
    2:19 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    ==== Why is Cal chasing the kid in the Taco Bell commercial for their new Grilled Stuft Nacho ? ====

  6. Louiville fan
    11:32 am January 12, 2014 Permalink

    Cal doesn’t coach, he just rolls the ball out and let his 5 star guys take over. No one has improved under him. Jorts was an All- American, Liggins should have went pro earlier, AP hasn’t improved at all. All his guys could have been coached a turtle and got drafted. Pitino develops talent, look at Samardo Samuels, well not him but Character, um, lets see Siva…I give up

  7. Kentucky'Dunks
    1:00 pm January 13, 2014 Permalink

    As Alex goes, we go this year!