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Calipari admits that by trying to make Skal Shaq, “I screwed this kid up”

John Calipari tried his hardest to make Skal Labissiere a big man that could bang around in the post, but in the past few games, Cal’s accepted that Skal is a jump-shooting big man. Skal has 8 points in the first half off 4-4 shooting, which Calipari admits is further proof that, by trying to make Skal Shaq, “I screwed this kid up.”

“When you watch it, you probably have to say, ‘I screwed this kid up,'” Cal said of Skal’s strong first half. “So let him now work into building his confidence. He’s got to do that himself, but you’ve got to let him do what he does to build his confidence. We were trying to make him be Shaq. Well, let me tell you, there’s one Shaq, and he ain’t him.”

When Lauren Rutledge said she and her SEC Network colleagues don’t think Calipari’s screwed anyone up, Cal shook his head.

“Well, I’ve done that for this kid. He’s a great kid and he’s getting better.”

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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2 Comments for Calipari admits that by trying to make Skal Shaq, “I screwed this kid up”



  1. UKfanman01
    10:10 pm January 27, 2016 Permalink

    Speaks volumes on what a great coach California is by admitting what a huge mistake he’s made with Skal. Shows UK fans that it’s not always the players. They may be playing the game and making the mistakes, but sometimes the coach can play them out of position and it puts a ton more pressure on these kids. Congrats to Skal with a solid 1st half



  2. ukjaybrat
    10:29 pm January 27, 2016 Permalink

    Laura Rutledge, not Lauren. Just fyi