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Calipari entertains a Q&A session about his team

John Calipari sat down with CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein for an article that came out yesterday. Calipari entertained an interesting question and answer session with Rothstein. Some of the material was new, and of course some of it was the typical lines we have become accustomed to hearing from Calipari. Either way, let’s take a look at some of the highlights:

CBS Sports: Have you ever anticipated the start of a season like the one you’re about to begin?

Calipari: I’ve been doing this a long time. I’m just focusing on this team and these guys and what we have to do. What is the best way to play with this group? There’s a lot of ways we can play. We’re going to press a little bit more. I like what I see from guys like Marcus Lee. He’s a high energy guy who I’m going to have to find time for. There’s a lot of different things we’re going to have to work out. It’s not normal doing what we’re doing and I tell people “don’t try this.” Every year we have a new team. I can’t say that I know right now how we’re going to play. … We know we’re going to play fast. We know we’re going to be a great defensive team. We know we’re going to share the ball…

 

CBS Sports: Two years ago you talked about how important your veterans–Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, Darius Miller– were in terms of leadership because they had played in the Final Four the year prior. How different is that dynamic because your returning players played in the NIT and not the NCAA Tournament?

Calipari: That’s hard. Willie and Alex and Jon Hood, the experience they had wasn’t good last year. We’re asking them to do what Terrence, Darius and Doron did two years ago but those guys had been to the Final Four the year before. Those three returning players were very important three years ago. That’s part of coming together. The question is how fast can we come together? Can we let guys play for each other and not themselves? It’s all questions that aren’t answered right now.

 

CBS Sports: Out of all the players you have brought in so far, who has been the biggest surprise?

Calipari: Probably Aaron Harrison. People say there’s a big difference between him and Andrew– I laugh. They’ve got the same DNA. I will say this. Their personalities are very different, but Aaron has played really well up until this point.

 

[ Calipari Q&A: ‘Talent alone does not win; team has to play for each other’ ]

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

12 Comments for Calipari entertains a Q&A session about his team



  1. J
    1:49 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Matt and Team…. Hour two on Friday’s show was epic!



  2. BBN
    2:46 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Question: The team has lacked a vocal floor leader the past two seasons. Who do you anticipate being the vocal leader on this years team?

    Thanks and I’ll hang up and listen to your answer.



  3. Alumni Gym
    4:28 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky Basketball Cumlative All Time Statistics (aka: “The List”)

    All Time Wins: 2011 (NCAA rank #1)
    All Time Winning Percentage: .762 (NCAA rank #1)
    NCAA Championships: 8 (NCAA rank #2)
    NCAA Championship Game Appearances: 11 (NCAA rank #2)
    Final Four Appearances: 15 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final Four Games Played: 26 (NCAA rank #4)
    Final Four Wins: 19 (NCAA rank #2)
    Final Four Winning Percentage: .760 (NCAA rank #6)
    Elite-8 Appearances: 34 (NCAA rank #1)
    Sweet-16 Appearances: 39 (NCAA rank #1)
    NCAA Tournament Appearances: 52 (NCAA rank #1)
    NCAA Tournament Games Played: 157 (NCAA rank #1)
    NCAA Tournament Wins: 111 (NCAA rank #1)
    NCAA Tournament Winning percentage: .707 (NCAA rank #5)
    Total Postseason Tournament Appearances (NCAA and NIT): 61 (NCAA rank #1)
    NBA Draft Picks: 108 (NCAA rank #1)
    All-Americans: 55 (NCAA rank #1)
    All-American Total Selections: 85 (NCAA rank #1)
    First Team Consensus All-Americans: 19 (NCAA rank #2)
    First Team Consensus All-American Total Selections: 24 (NCAA rank #4)
    AP Poll Top-20/25 Weeks Ranked All Time: 788 (NCAA rank #2)
    AP Poll Top-10 Weeks Ranked All Time: 628 (NCAA rank #1)
    AP Poll Top-5 Weeks Ranked All Time: 417 (NCAA rank #1)
    AP Poll #1 Weeks Ranked All Time: 99 (NCAA rank #4)
    Final AP Poll Top-25 Finishes: 48 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final AP Poll Top-20 Finishes: 48 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final AP Poll Top-15 Finishes: 43 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final AP Poll Top-10 Finishes: 40 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final AP Poll Top-5 Finishes: 28 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final AP Poll #1 Finishes: 9 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll Top-25 Finishes: 46 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll Top-20 Finishes: 45 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll Top-15 Finishes: 42 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll Top-10 Finishes: 38 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll Top-5 Finishes: 29 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll #1 Finishes: 8 (NCAA rank #1)
    20-Win Seasons: 57 (NCAA rank #1)
    25-Win Seasons: 31 (NCAA rank #2)
    30-Win Seasons: 13 (NCAA rank #1)
    35-Win Seasons: 5 (NCAA rank #1)
    Average Victories Per Season Played: 19.190909 (NCAA rank #3)
    Average Losses Per Season Played: 6.0090909 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Winning Seasons: 93 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Non-Losing Seasons (.500 or better):96 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Coaches With a NCAA Championship: 5 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Coaches With Multiple NCAA Championships: 1 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Coaches With a NCAA Championship Game Appearance: 5 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Coaches With Multiple NCAA Championship Game Appearances: 3 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Coaches With a Final Four Appearance: 5 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Coaches With Multiple Final Four Appearances: 4 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Decades With a NCAA Championship: 5 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades With Multiple NCAA Championships: 3 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades With a NCAA Championship Game Appearance: 6 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades With Multiple NCAA Championship Game Appearances: 4 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades With a Final Four Appearance: 7 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades With Multiple Final Four Appearances: 5 (NCAA Rank #1)
    Total Decades #1 in Total Wins (since 1930): 1 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Decades Top-5 in Total Wins (since 1930): 4 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades Top-10 in Total Wins (since 1930): 7 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades #1 in Winning Percentage (since 1930): 2 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades Top-5 in Winning Percentage (since 1930): 6 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades Top-10 in Winning Percentage (since 1930): 7 (NCAA rank #1)
    Conference Regular Season Championships: 47 (NCAA rank #2)
    Conference Tournament Championships: 28 (NCAA rank #1)
    National Attendance Titles: 25 (NCAA rank #1)

    (Of the 65 major categories listed above, Kentucky is #1 in 44 of them, #2 in 14 of them, #3 in 2 of them, #4 in 3 of them, #5 in 1 of them, and #6 in 1 of them.)

    Kentucky can also lay claim to several individual achievements for both players and coaches:

    13 players winning NBA Championships a total of 20 times
    10 players named NBA All-Star a total of 18 times
    12 Olympic Gold Medal winners
    9 Naismith Hall-of-Fame Members
    5 players Named National Player-of-the-Year
    6 head coaches named National Coach-of-the-Year a total of 13 times
    7 head coaches named Conference Coach-of-the-Year a total of 21 times
    132 players named All-Conference a total of 225 times
    77 players named All-Conference Tournament a total 113 times
    12 players named Conference Player-of-the-Year a total of 14 times
    14 players named Conference Tournament MVP a total of 15 times
    5 players named Conference Freshman-of-the-Year
    18 players named All-NCAA Final Four a total of 24 times
    48 players named All-NCAA Regional a total of 62 times
    5 players named NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player a total of 6 times
    11 players named NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player a total of 12 times
    72 players who played in the NBA at least one season
    60 1000 point scorers
    48 player named McDonald’s All-American
    11 times a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament

    Kentucky also holds several other NCAA records and various additional accomplishments:

    Kentucky has 2 NIT championships (1946, 1976), 2 Helms Titles (1933, 1954), 2 undefeated seasons (1912, 1954), 5 Sugar Bowl Tournament Championships (1937, 1939, 1949, 1956, 1963), a league best all time SEC regular season record of 915-255 (.782), and a league best all time SEC Tournament record of 119-24 (.832).

    Kentucky holds the NCAA record for Consecutive Non-Losing Seasons (60), for Consecutive Home Court Victories (129), and for Total Victories in a Season (38).

    Kentucky plays in the nation’s largest basketball arena (Rupp Arena, capacity: 23,500), and has both the nation’s largest radio and television affiliate networks.

    Kentucky has made a 3-point basket in 861 consecutive games (3rd-most all time), has won 17 of the last 18 National Attendance Titles (including the last 8 in a row and 25 overall), is the only school to win multiple NCAA (8) and NIT (2) Championships, is the only school to have 5 different NCAA Championship coaches, is the only school to win NCAA Championships in 5 different decades, and is the only school to win multiple NCAA Championships in 3 different decades.

    Kentucky has played before the largest regulation basketball game crowd in history (78,129), and the largest Final Four game crowd in history (75,421).

    Kentucky is only school to have 5 players selected in the 1st-Round of the NBA Draft (2010), is the only school to have both the #1 and #2 picks in the NBA Draft in the same year (2012), is the only school to have 6 players drafted in the first two rounds of the NBA Draft in the same year (2012), is the only school to have two different coaches win a NCAA Championship in the same decade (1990’s), and was also the first school to reach the 1000-win and 2000-win victory plateaus.



  4. Alumni Gym
    4:30 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky Basketball Cumlative All Time Statistics (aka: “The List”)

    All Time Wins: 2011 (NCAA rank #1)
    All Time Winning Percentage: .762 (NCAA rank #1)
    NCAA Championships: 8 (NCAA rank #2)
    NCAA Championship Game Appearances: 11 (NCAA rank #2)
    Final Four Appearances: 15 (NCAA rank #3)
    Final Four Games Played: 26 (NCAA rank #4)
    Final Four Wins: 19 (NCAA rank #2)
    Final Four Winning Percentage: .760 (NCAA rank #6)
    Elite-8 Appearances: 34 (NCAA rank #1)
    Sweet-16 Appearances: 39 (NCAA rank #1)
    NCAA Tournament Appearances: 52 (NCAA rank #1)
    NCAA Tournament Games Played: 157 (NCAA rank #1)
    NCAA Tournament Wins: 111 (NCAA rank #1)
    NCAA Tournament Winning percentage: .707 (NCAA rank #5)
    Total Postseason Tournament Appearances (NCAA and NIT): 61 (NCAA rank #1)
    NBA Draft Picks: 108 (NCAA rank #1)
    All-Americans: 55 (NCAA rank #1)
    All-American Total Selections: 85 (NCAA rank #1)
    First Team Consensus All-Americans: 19 (NCAA rank #2)
    First Team Consensus All-American Total Selections: 24 (NCAA rank #4)
    AP Poll Top-20/25 Weeks Ranked All Time: 788 (NCAA rank #2)
    AP Poll Top-10 Weeks Ranked All Time: 628 (NCAA rank #1)
    AP Poll Top-5 Weeks Ranked All Time: 417 (NCAA rank #1)
    AP Poll #1 Weeks Ranked All Time: 99 (NCAA rank #4)
    Final AP Poll Top-25 Finishes: 48 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final AP Poll Top-20 Finishes: 48 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final AP Poll Top-15 Finishes: 43 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final AP Poll Top-10 Finishes: 40 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final AP Poll Top-5 Finishes: 28 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final AP Poll #1 Finishes: 9 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll Top-25 Finishes: 46 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll Top-20 Finishes: 45 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll Top-15 Finishes: 42 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll Top-10 Finishes: 38 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll Top-5 Finishes: 29 (NCAA rank #1)
    Final UPI/Coaches’ Poll #1 Finishes: 8 (NCAA rank #1)
    20-Win Seasons: 57 (NCAA rank #1)
    25-Win Seasons: 31 (NCAA rank #2)
    30-Win Seasons: 13 (NCAA rank #1)
    35-Win Seasons: 5 (NCAA rank #1)
    Average Victories Per Season Played: 19.190909 (NCAA rank #3)
    Average Losses Per Season Played: 6.0090909 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Winning Seasons: 93 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Non-Losing Seasons (.500 or better):96 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Coaches With a NCAA Championship: 5 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Coaches With Multiple NCAA Championships: 1 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Coaches With a NCAA Championship Game Appearance: 5 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Coaches With Multiple NCAA Championship Game Appearances: 3 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Coaches With a Final Four Appearance: 5 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Coaches With Multiple Final Four Appearances: 4 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Decades With a NCAA Championship: 5 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades With Multiple NCAA Championships: 3 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades With a NCAA Championship Game Appearance: 6 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades With Multiple NCAA Championship Game Appearances: 4 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades With a Final Four Appearance: 7 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades With Multiple Final Four Appearances: 5 (NCAA Rank #1)
    Total Decades #1 in Total Wins (since 1930): 1 (NCAA rank #2)
    Total Decades Top-5 in Total Wins (since 1930): 4 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades Top-10 in Total Wins (since 1930): 7 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades #1 in Winning Percentage (since 1930): 2 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades Top-5 in Winning Percentage (since 1930): 6 (NCAA rank #1)
    Total Decades Top-10 in Winning Percentage (since 1930): 7 (NCAA rank #1)
    Conference Regular Season Championships: 47 (NCAA rank #2)
    Conference Tournament Championships: 28 (NCAA rank #1)
    National Attendance Titles: 25 (NCAA rank #1)

    (Of the 65 major categories listed above, Kentucky is #1 in 44 of them, #2 in 14 of them, #3 in 2 of them, #4 in 3 of them, #5 in 1 of them, and #6 in 1 of them.)

    Kentucky can also lay claim to several individual achievements for both players and coaches:

    13 players winning NBA Championships a total of 20 times
    10 players named NBA All-Star a total of 18 times
    12 Olympic Gold Medal winners
    9 Naismith Hall-of-Fame Members
    5 players Named National Player-of-the-Year
    6 head coaches named National Coach-of-the-Year a total of 13 times
    7 head coaches named Conference Coach-of-the-Year a total of 21 times
    132 players named All-Conference a total of 225 times
    77 players named All-Conference Tournament a total 113 times
    12 players named Conference Player-of-the-Year a total of 14 times
    14 players named Conference Tournament MVP a total of 15 times
    5 players named Conference Freshman-of-the-Year
    18 players named All-NCAA Final Four a total of 24 times
    48 players named All-NCAA Regional a total of 62 times
    5 players named NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player a total of 6 times
    11 players named NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player a total of 12 times
    72 players who played in the NBA at least one season
    60 1000 point scorers
    48 player named McDonald’s All-American
    11 times a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament

    Kentucky also holds several other NCAA records and various additional accomplishments:

    Kentucky has 2 NIT championships (1946, 1976), 2 Helms Titles (1933, 1954), 2 undefeated seasons (1912, 1954), 5 Sugar Bowl Tournament Championships (1937, 1939, 1949, 1956, 1963), a league best all time SEC regular season record of 915-255 (.782), and a league best all time SEC Tournament record of 119-24 (.832).

    Kentucky holds the NCAA record for Consecutive Non-Losing Seasons (60), for Consecutive Home Court Victories (129), and for Total Victories in a Season (38).

    Kentucky plays in the nation’s largest basketball arena (Rupp Arena, capacity: 23,500), and has both the nation’s largest radio and television affiliate networks.

    Kentucky has made a 3-point basket in 861 consecutive games (3rd-most all time), has won 17 of the last 18 National Attendance Titles (including the last 8 in a row and 25 overall), is the only school to win multiple NCAA (8) and NIT (2) Championships, is the only school to have 5 different NCAA Championship coaches, is the only school to win NCAA Championships in 5 different decades, and is the only school to win multiple NCAA Championships in 3 different decades.

    Kentucky has played before the largest regulation basketball game crowd in history (78,129), and the largest Final Four game crowd in history (75,421).

    Kentucky is only school to have 5 players selected in the 1st-Round of the NBA Draft (2010), is the only school to have both the #1 and #2 picks in the NBA Draft in the same year (2012), is the only school to have 6 players drafted in the first two rounds of the NBA Draft in the same year (2012), is the only school to have two different coaches win a NCAA Championship in the same decade (1990’s), and was also the first school to reach the 1000-win and 2000-win victory plateaus.



  5. Alumni Gym
    4:31 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Mods, please delete comment #3. There was a mistake in that post and I corrected it in #4. Thanks!



  6. Eight Letters
    5:11 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    #3. Your stats are a little out of date. The Cats have something like 2090 wins now. Pretty awesome huh?



  7. Alumni Gym
    5:22 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    It a typo. The Cats have 2111 all time wins, not 2011. Everything is is spot on.



  8. Alumni Gym
    5:46 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry, on a phone now, 2111 all time wins for the ‘Cats, not 2011. Typo on my part. Everything else is spot on.



  9. bunny
    6:51 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    The 2013-14 Cats need to take advantage of their talent depth and press relentlessly – the whole game. Not sure many teams could keep up if they do…



  10. TARD FAN IN YO FACE!
    9:09 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    4 – SO?!? UL 2013 NASHUNAL CHAMPZ! UL:1 UK:0



  11. Alumni Gym
    12:48 am September 30, 2013 Permalink

    So? First Championship in 27 years, 1-4 against Calipari, UK leads all time series 30-15, 8>3. No one outside of half of the city of Louisville gives a shit, and gee you forgot, UK 2012 National Champs, beating UofL along the way.

    Funny thing with Louisville fans, history began in 2013. Nothing, not even their prior 27 years, matters. Neither does UK cutting down the nets only a year prior. 2013 matters, but 2012 doesn’t, right?



  12. RuppArena
    5:56 pm September 30, 2013 Permalink

    We’re hearing some positives about Marcus Lee. First the practice reports and now Cal just singled him out. Also hear Cal was saying great things to Dick Vitale about Lee. I think we could see Lee as a key player this year and possibly a starter. If they are going to press he is the perfect big to do it with. He is also the best big for the dribble drive offense. He can put it on the floor and shoot it better than Dakari and Willie. Long term Lee might be the best pro prospect of the group!