How upset was John Calipari with his squad tonight? Kentucky fought back at the end and could have made a late shot to tie it up or win it, but Calipari said his team didn’t deserve a happy ending.
“Tennessee was better than us,” Cal said, noting how Tennessee practically led from start to finish. “They deserved to win the game. It would have been a shame if we made a three or something crazy and won the game.”
If you thought the team looked off, you’re not alone. Calipari said he’s not getting through to a few of his players, who are playing more for themselves and not for the team as a whole.
“Tom Brady made a statement that these guys aren’t listening to and I told them to last night: doing what’s right for the team sometimes may not be right for you but that’s how you win. You do what’s right for the team, not necessarily what’s right for you as an individual player and I’m not getting through to some guys. And I told them after, you’ll continue to lose. I’ve done this 30 years. You cannot do the stuff that they’re doing and win basketball games. You cannot do it. I don’t want to call guys out but I can go right down the line. Here’s what I’m asking you to do, you refuse to do it. Here’s what I’m asking you to do — I’ve got to call a timeout — Wenyen?!”
Clearly, they’re either not listening to Cal or they’re not Tom Brady fans, but Cal says he hopes they throw up the white flag soon.
“But we’re all freshmen. We may need to lose a few games in a row and then have them come to my office in mass and say, ‘Coach, we surrender! Tell us what you want us to do because we know we can’t win now but we think we can! We thought we were out in Vegas playing Houston Stars, but we’re not.’ We’ve got all young kids and it’s growing pains.”
“Hopefully this grabs their attention, and we get back to, how do we have to play as a team to be one of those teams. What we were tonight, we’re not, and a lot of that credit goes to Tennessee.”