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Calipari says after one practice, he was whistling and skipping, the next, he couldn’t sleep

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John Calipari sat down with Doris Burke, Fran Fraschilla, and Seth Greenberg for about ten minutes during UK’s open practice on ESPNU and said that although tonight’s practice is televised for all the nation to see, the “real” practice is tomorrow.

“The real stuff is tomorrow,” Cal said. “We’re going to go two and a half hours tomorrow, 95% of these guys [scouts] will stay, and then they’ll see, okay, how do they compete, what’s their will to win? What do they want to see when they’re a little tired?”

Even if tonight’s not as “real” as tomorrow, Calipari said his players were excited about playing in the national spotlight before the season even begins.

“They were excited about this. They were chatty. They’re all 18-19 years old,” Cal said.

UK just started two-a-days last week, and when asked, Calipari admitted he’s not sure what kind of team he’s got yet.

“Not enough. We really don’t have much in. I’ve got to watch them for a while, let them make mistakes, let them play and then I’ve got to define reality to them. We’re not ready to define reality to them.”

“First of all, they are really into this right now. We had a practice a few days ago. I literally whistled and skipped out of the building saying, ‘We’re like, really good.’ Then, the next day, I did not sleep that night because I’m thinking, how are we going to win any games? So, you don’t know with young kids.”

Here comes that old rope analogy in 3…2…1…

“The thing I tell them is, you can’t let go of the rope. All of the other stuff is negotiable. You just can’t let go of the rope. You’ve got to keep trying. They’ve cramped up. Why would guys be cramping? They’ve never gone this hard ever! No one’s ever said no.”

Cal being Cal, he couldn’t help but turn the segment into a recruiting pitch.

“These kids get better here, and let me tell you why: because they’re playing against each other. That’s why they came here,” Cal said. “I was in Indiana, and a mother said, ‘I’ve got to watch you coach in practice.’ I said, ‘Why?’. She said, ‘Because Trey Lyles averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds and is a lottery pick and is going to be an All-Star. And then she said, ‘By the way, Devin Booker didn’t even start! How is this–what?!’ Because they’re great kids, they want to get better. They came here to get better. They came here to compete against other really good players. …This stuff here, it ain’t for everybody.”

There’s a 95% chance Calipari made that story up, but if he didn’t, odds he’s talking about New Albany, Indiana native Romeo Langford?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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4 Comments for Calipari says after one practice, he was whistling and skipping, the next, he couldn’t sleep



  1. UKALLDAY1
    8:36 pm October 9, 2016 Permalink

    These guys have issues shooting! I’m scared they are going to go cold in a few games. Humphries knee is bothering him I saw him grab at it a few times and he has 0 explosion. The best shooter looks like Calipari and Briscoe, who knows if Briscoe will carry that from practice to the game, They are also super young! Saw some silly mistakes out there.



  2. runningunnin.454
    7:43 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

    Cal blows smoke; and, talks in circles; but, I don’t think he makes stories up. One smoke screen may be that Brad plays more minutes than we might imagine, especially if we’re zoned and nobody else is hitting. One obvious factor; they sure won’t be able to ignore him at the 3 line.



    • UKBlueGreen
      12:10 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

      Brad is a hell of a shooter. We are going to need him for sure. I like Willis, always have. I have always felt Cal had something against him. Cal would play him, but took opportunities to knock at him too. It pisses me off when he does this.



  3. runningunnin.454
    7:46 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

    Only have one comment; might want to turn off the moderation thing.