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Calipari Makes Sure Bam Gets Credit


De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk are receiving all the glory for last night’s win over UCLA, but before John Calipari began taking questions at today’s press conference, he had to praise his center.

“Normally I wouldn’t do this, but I want to make sure that I don’t forget,” Calipari said. “I’m getting old; I do forget stuff now and then.

“The impact that Bam had on that game yesterday, some of you who write about basketball don’t really watch it, may not have understood. UCLA came in with one thought: We’re going to make this really hard on Bam. So he sacrificed. He had five assists. He created shots for both Dom and opened up the lane for De’Aaron Fox. He still tried to fight and rebound. Never says a word. So the impact on the game that he had, unless you really understood what was going on, they made that decision, and he rode with it.”

But Cal wasn’t going to let Bam get by without a little criticism too.

“Now, he did walk a couple times. He should have scored a couple more baskets. But the reality of it is he played well.”

Adebayo didn’t score until he dunked one in the final five minutes and he pulled in just four rebounds, but his five assists led the team.  Calipari also used the time to shine a light on Isaiah Briscoe’s contributions.  The sophomore guard had 5 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, but that’s not what mattered to Calipari.

“When we talk on that court, when we’re talking, we are really good. When we don’t talk, we are really bad,” Cal said.  “He gets the other guys to talk.”  

More to come from Memphis.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

20 Comments for Calipari Makes Sure Bam Gets Credit

  1. runningunnin.454
    5:04 pm March 25, 2017 Permalink

    As far as Bam is concerned, yea Coach we got that. Of course you might have to explain that to the CBS and ESPN analysts.

  2. dballrb
    5:06 pm March 25, 2017 Permalink

    It was easy to see ucla’s game plan,dbl bam make us beat them from outside,but you can’t practice against SPEED!!

    5:16 pm March 25, 2017 Permalink

    He also drew quite a few fouls on Marsh and got him out of the game, which opened up the lane for Fix as well.

  4. J-Dub421
    7:35 pm March 25, 2017 Permalink

    The refs let UCLA climb all over Bam’s back all night. He should have shot a lot of free throws.

  5. UkfanMatt
    8:24 pm March 25, 2017 Permalink

    Every young player needs to read this. Just because you don’t fill the stat sheets doesn’t mean you didn’t play well, and make the difference in the game

  6. RealCatsFan
    11:32 pm March 25, 2017 Permalink

    And Kansas just got punked right out of the tourney by Oregon in front of a home crowd.

    • Ridge Runner
      8:43 am March 26, 2017 Permalink

      That monkey on Selfs back just turned into a gorilla

    • Big DAWG Loggin
      10:00 am March 26, 2017 Permalink

      Self has hell toupée.

  7. Angelo
    1:48 am March 26, 2017 Permalink

    Why didn’t KSR repost the stats on the UNC starters? They did for UCLA.

  8. Angelo
    2:32 am March 26, 2017 Permalink

    Theo Pinson is their best defender and he didn’t play when Monk got 47. Can Willis defend Justin Jackson? Their point guard is slow, Fox should score like crazy!

  9. tubby b smith
    4:03 am March 26, 2017 Permalink

    cal was talking to the nba so he can open them scholarships up from bam and isasic next year

    • 4everblue
      4:59 am March 26, 2017 Permalink

      Pretty sure Humphries is not going to the NBA next year.

    • tubby b smith
      5:43 am March 26, 2017 Permalink


    • Ridge Runner
      8:41 am March 26, 2017 Permalink

      4ever, I think tubby may be assuming the transfer speculation by some folks with Humphries

    • Ridge Runner
      8:46 am March 26, 2017 Permalink

      My apologies guys, I see the Briscoe clarification now.

  10. catsarerunnin
    8:17 am March 26, 2017 Permalink

    Tubby I’m sure it was hard watching UK actually win a sweet 16 game on your home floor – Coach Cal