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Calipari says this team’s basketball habits were the worst

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On today’s SEC coaches teleconference, John Calipari said this team’s basketball habits were worse than any he’s had in his coaching career. They didn’t know how play, he said. They didn’t know how to finish basketball games, he said. But now they’re close to being where they need to be.

After a long, 10-day stretch of Camp Cal, your University of Kentucky Wildcats are anxious to get back in game action. “The players are ready to play. Oh my gosh,” Cal told the SEC media over the phone on Monday. Hoping he didn’t wear his players out, Cal said his team really needed the time together in the Craft Center and that it helped them mentally, not just on the court.

“This team really needed this, what we just went through,” he told us.

Now he is ready to see how the progress in practice translates to the games.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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25 Comments for Calipari says this team’s basketball habits were the worst



  1. CATSCATSCATS
    12:16 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Go Cats



  2. markky
    12:16 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    love hearing this teams habits are the worst, don’t know how to huddle at the free throw line, etc., but top players in the top class??? McDonalds all americans??? have terrible habits….. come on



    • UKBlue
      12:23 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

      McDonalds all American is just a title; doesn’t mean they were coached on fundamentals from the time of middle school thru high school & AAU. These kids were all Americans & they couldn’t do or didn’t know fundamentals, so they obviously have never really been coached up.



  3. UKBlue
    12:19 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    What is Cal about 6 months pregnant in this photo?



    • RealCatsFan
      12:34 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

      Cal doesn’t abort his like that guy down the road in Louisville.



    • VinnyCent
      1:06 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

      HA!



    • Jeff
      2:43 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

      Too much of his beloved Dunkin Donots.



  4. ChicagoCat
    12:33 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Giggity.



  5. Roofus Howls
    12:42 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    This year’s team would have benefitted from a foreign tour – too bad that the four year clock hadn’t expired on their eligibility for the next one yet.



  6. Basteballer
    12:44 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Who’s he trying to kid? All you gotta do is roll out the basketballs with the one-and-done kids.

    #sarcasm



  7. RICK
    12:51 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    #9



  8. markky
    12:52 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    I guess all the high school coaches, AAU coaches don’t know shit about coaching top level talent…..right….



  9. Michael F. Jox
    1:09 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    That’s a lot easier for him to say than, “I’ve kind of sucked at my coaching duties the first 2 months of the season.”



  10. jaws2
    1:14 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaawn. We’ll see Wed night. I say we show little to no improvement. You can’t take the We out of Me.



  11. Madisonville
    1:26 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Have you all watched high school or AAU basketball lately? It is a bunch of kids that just go and play. There isn’t any fundamentals being taught anymore. UK’s players are so talented and that’s what got them this far, but they have things to learn that they didn’t learn in AAU.



  12. markky
    1:36 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    madisonville, I agree but fundamentals like the comments that Cal has mentioned???? come on!!!! it’s not a big deal just pointing out a Calipari “speak” or bs if you wanna call it that. It’s pretty hard to become the top ranked player in the NATION and have bad fundamentals I don’t care how athletic you are at sports. IMO, I just think Cal has not figured out how to play with so many talented players….which he has, actually, admitted.



    • Jesus
      1:59 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

      If you think these kids are sound fundamentally then don’t watch them shoot free throws…



    • Michael F. Jox
      2:40 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

      Markky, I’m with ya. These kids learned some of the fundamentals Cal speaks of when they were playing grade school ball. Huddling like a team!? Is that seriously something that needs to be worked on? There’s no way. This is Cal speak at it’s finest. It’s a great way of deflecting any criticism that comes his way, and also keeps from throwing anybody other than past coaches under the bus, all at the same time. I for one am seriously starting to wish he coached as well as he deflected.



  13. Hendo Blue
    1:48 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    #12…he figured it out two years ago



  14. Didn't Now they Do
    2:12 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Cal was saying “didn’t” through the interview as if we now have those fundamentals. They didn’t now they do…



  15. Andrew
    2:20 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t think this is much of a revelation. When you bring in six McDonald’s All-Americans who were the go-to-guys on their respective high-school teams it can take a LONG time for them to come together as a team. Not to mention, the returning players didn’t really have a great experience as freshmen last year, it makes it very difficult to find any consistency with players. Glad to hear that the team is starting to “figure” it out and come together as a team.



  16. Jesus Christo
    2:20 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Randle’s booty be poppin!!



  17. Casper
    3:03 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Go Cal, get this motley crew on track for #9.



  18. Leoie
    4:14 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Since this thread has gone downhill, I’ll say it: Robic’s hair is the best thing in that photo, other than Randle’s chin whiskers.



    • Madisonville
      5:50 pm January 6, 2014 Permalink

      I feel like Cal is pointing at Robic and everyone on the team is laughing at him. Poor guy.